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date: 18 November 2019

Enkwanzi [obulere]locked

  • Peter Cooke

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[obulere]

Panpipe of the Soga people of Uganda. It is a single row or raft of 8 to 13 (most commonly 10) pipes made from lengths of elephant grass. Nowadays larger instruments often contain pipes made from modern materials such as plastic tubes from bicycle pumps. The pipes are usually laced together between two flat pieces of wood using fibre or, more commonly nowadays, rubber strips from old inner tubes. The mouth-holes, at the top, are cut straight across and the lower ends are closed by a natural node or a plug. In the 1950s only one clan played these instruments, in three different-sized pairs to the accompaniment of two small drums. They now occur in small mixed ensembles that may include drums, fiddles, rattles, a flute, and sometimes a xylophone, played for dancing and general entertainment....

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