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date: 13 November 2019


  • Peter Cooke


Stick rattle of Uganda. Among the Banyole people it is a stick approximately 100 cm long on which are threaded 20 or more dry oncoba fruit shells, each speared through the middle and each with slits cut into the shell to improve the sound. In Bunyoro, Toro, and Nkore, several short sticks, each with three or four fruit shells, are held parallel by thongs attached at each end; these rattles, called ebinyege, are tied around the calves of dancers for performing the orunyege dance.

Wachsmann recorded but obtained no name for a stick rattle with a tang; it was tapped rhythmically on the soundtable of the rare Soga kimasa harp by an assistant while the harpist played. In south-western Uganda and Rwanda he also noted stick rattles consisting of a small branch with three or four forks each threaded with oncoba fruits and secured at the extremities of the forks by a noose. They were rare and used at spirit rituals....

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