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3. Background of the Naizungwe drums

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Before we bring you our next update on the progress of the Naizungwe drums, James Isabirye, who is co-ordinating the project gives us some background information about the drums and the traditions from which they come: Where do they originally come from and who played them?  Uganda has about 65 ethnic societies according to the 1995 constitution….

2. Naizungwe Drums – progress report 1

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Our efforts to revive the Naizungwe drums have been well underway. (If you haven’t read our introduction to the project, do so  here). A drum maker has been contacted, the correct trees have been sourced and cut down, the logs have been hollowed out and the skins have been formed. One of the early milestones was finding a…

1. Introducing the Naizungwe drums

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This June we were contacted by long time Singing Wells partner Prof. James Isabirye about an exciting new project he was hoping to undertake – the revival of the naizungwe drums of the Basoga people in Uganda. James led our revival of the entenga royal drums of the Buganda kingdom starting in 2015 and contacted Singing…

The Entenga Drums: Part 1

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The Entenga Drums were part of a set of royal instruments of the Buganda Kingdom. We know from Musisi, the last surviving drummer who played in the palace, that the King in the early 1960’s loved the Entenga drums so much that he asked the drummers to play every morning at 3AM. He felt that…