11 January 2010
Recording of the Week: a lullaby that works
The Bakunta mother in this recording has her baby in her arms as she sings the lullaby. Judging from the baby's silence throughout the singing, the song clearly is doing the trick.
'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item was recorded exactly 60 years ago in Kichwamba, Uganda. It is selected from the Klaus Wachsmann Uganda Collection by Dr Janet Topp Fargion, curator of World & Traditional Music at the British Library Sound Archive.
The "foremost pioneering scholar in African music", Klaus Wachsmann (1907-1984) made roughly 1,500 unique recordings of indigenous music in Uganda, most of which have never been published before. Further information on the Wachsmann collection.