Eridat Makwiri

Group Information

Litungu Mazune 1


Eridat Makwiri, also known as Mazune, playing the Litungu.

Song meanings

“Wangoyo”: This is a song about co-wives.  One lady was lazy.  And she would wait for the co-wife who had already woken up and prepared the food.  The wife who had prepared the food tried to keep the food away from the lazy wife and the lazy wife would go complaining to the husband.  The message in the song is to not wait for everything to be done for you.

“Paulo Wawanyera”:  This is someone’s name,  meaning Paul, son of Wawanyera.  Paul was a chief. He visited certain places and found they had made him party with lots of food and drink. He actually visited his brother in law who was jealous of him as a chief.  So he decided to poison him. The singer is trying to warn Paul that his death is coming.

“Sinairi Mukhana”:   The person who killed Paul was a Wanyera.  He had killed the chief because he was jealous of him.  During the burial he pretended to be sad, but the family members of Paul recognized what was going on and organized to murder him.  It’s a song about retaliation.

Recording Information

21st November 2013

Recording location:

Elgon Ngoma Troupe Centre, Mbale

Audio by:

Steve Kivutia, Ketebul Music & Andy Patterson, Abubilla Music.

Mixed by Andy Patterson

Video by:

Patrick Ondiek, Ketebul Music; Jimmy Allen and Victoria Denison, Abubilla Music