Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and Interfaith Harmony in Uganda

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and Interfaith Harmony in Uganda

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Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and interfaith harmony in uganda. 2012. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 50417. Recorded, annotated, and produced by Jeffrey A. Summit. 25-page PDF booklet with notes in English. Transcriptions and translations (from Lugwere, Lugisu, Swahili, Luganda, Lunyole, and Arabic) by Moses Sebagabo, Eria Muyamba, Gershom Sizomu, and Jeffrey A. Summit. Colour photographs, maps, bibliography/discography. CD, 16 tracks (62:17). Recorded in Uganda, 2006 and 2008.

Delicious Peace presents music composed and performed by members of an inter-faith coffee cooperative in the Namanyonyi sub-county of Mbale District in eastern Uganda. Though producer Jeffrey Summit remarks in his liner notes that the coffee songs are sung in a variety of styles and languages from the five ethnic groups involved in the cooperative, it is religious rather than ethnic diversity that this disc highlights. Moving beyond these to also deal with the music of a social movement is one of the strengths of the production. The sound quality of these field recordings is excellent. Balancing voices with xylophones and shakers can be difficult in this music, but this disc succeeds in presenting clear recordings in which the texts are always crisp.

The liner notes are beautifully presented and are available in PDF format on both the disc itself and the Smithsonian Folkways website (http://www. …

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