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Title:Kinyankore folk poetry: structure and context
Author:Karungi, Viola
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:oral poetry
praise poetry
Abstract:In 2010 and 2011, Kinyankore folk poetry was studied among the Banyankore in Mbarara and Isingiro Districts in south-western Uganda, particularly in the areas Nyamitanga, Lugazi, Kyamugolanyi, and Masha and Rukuuba. These areas were known to have Kinyankore folk poets. Mbarara and Isingiro have both Bahima and Bairu with whom the poetry is directly associated. The study concentrated on Kinyankore folk poetry or 'ebyevugo' as an object and a final product of performance with particular focus on praise poetry. Common objects for praise are cattle and brides. The poetry was analysed according to its structure, context, and the individual performer's skill, creativity, and ability to memorize and perform the poetry. Ideally, interaction with an enthusiastic co-performance of the audience is required to stimulate the poet. Originally, the art was male-dominated, but nowadays there are female composers and reciters. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal absract, edited]