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Title:Rwenzururu Protest Song
Authors:Cooke, Peter
Doornbos, Martin R.
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:political conflicts
songs (form)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Rwenzururu emerged in the early 1960s as a movement of political protest on the part of the Bakonzo and Baamba people in Western Uganda, in resentment at the discriminatory treatment of these ethnic minorities in the kingdom of Toro. In the present article the authors examine the songs of the movement, focusing on their different uses, as repositories of history and vehicles of exhortation, and on their origins in time and space. Their main interest, however, is to find explanations for the simultaneous expression of often strongly contrasted moods, viewpoints, and styles in Rwenzururu songs. Sections: songs and history - medium and message - themes and variations - musical form and political tone - conclusion: Songs in themselves are significant in offering insight into political orientations and sentiments. Moreover, the kind of context and purpose for which songs are composed largely predetermines their musical structure and the general nature of their text and orientation. In this respect, three different settings can be distinguished: traditional beer parties, primary school instruction, and Rwenzururu soldiers' marches. Notes, ref., French sum.