native Peter Kasule is one of the most natural,
effortless players we've worked with to date. When he joins us in
He may bring a balophone, or a tiny harp, or something new, but
he always brings a nice selection from his massive collection of
are of solid wood, completely covered in cowskin and range from small
to very large, and can speak with a voice from soft and subtle to
loud and compelling. They can be played with the hands or with sticks.
They are normally played in groups of 7 or so, but
for the recordings on this page, there are only two ngoma and one
engalabe. These arrangements are impromptu versions of Nankasa and
Bakisimba, primarily to show the sounds of the drums. Peter has
original music, which will be posted here eventually.
Here are a couple of snapshots of some the drums.
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Below: Peter's 14 year old brother, Gyavira, sitting at one of
the medium size ngoma. Gyavira has serious skills, despite his
youth. It's great fun playing with these guys.
On the 14th of August, 2002, Peter and Gyavira came by the Rhythmweb
studios and made another short recording, this one was played
on REMO Asongas, which are not unlike ngoma in overall shape (a
little slimmer) . The rhythm is Abagoma Twagala Mele, or "Feed