Wabash Blogs Immersion 2008: Ugandan Madinda Masters

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Building My Own Madinda

Monday, May 26 - I had an amazing idea for a creative project related to what I am studying here last night so I didn’t get very much sleep because I was thinking about that all night.  

Today we are going back to Kyombogo to study with Ssebuwufu again.  We learned about the miko or octaves of the madinda and the kadinda, and how to variate between the different starting notes of the songs.  It is very different between madinda and the kadinda.  The madinda variations of this kind are very difficult and take me some time to figure out but I think I am finally getting the hang of it. We also learned about other kinds of bbisoko or variation, mainly in the omukonezi part. Then we took a break to learn about the construction of the madinda and start the construction of my very own madinda!  This will prove very useful in my future studies.