Bugandan Royal Court musicians have performed for Uganda's traditional chiefs and monarchies since the pre colonial era and is used to commemorate the monarchies' birthdays, coronation, war victories and death, or to simply entertain members of the Royal Family. The Kabaka (king) of Buganda (subnational kingdom within Uganda) is one of the traditional Ugandan monarchies that extensively used court music until his and other traditional monarchies were abolished in 1967 by President Milton Obote. Buganda's court music was restarted when Uganda's traditional monarchies were restored in 1993 by the Museveni government, albeit with much less power and prestige. The most common Buganda court music instruments were drums, trumpets, flutes, xylophones, and harps.

Links To Peel

Peel played a Xylophone track from the Royal Court on his show in the late 60's or early 70's, which later became part of the compilation of world music on his John Peel's Archive Things, released in 1970.

John Peel's Archive Things (BBC - Vinyl LP 1970)

John Peel's Archive Things (BBC - Vinyl LP 1970)

The Xylophone track is played between 9:39 and 11:33 of the video

Shows Played

  • Xylophone (Dates are not currently available)

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