Smithsonian Folkways Recordins / Abayudaya: Music From the Jewa
Album:Abayudaya: Music From the Jewa Collection:World
Artist:Smithsonian Folkways Recordins Added:Dec 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-03-15 Pull Date:2004-05-17 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Apr 11Apr 4Mar 28Mar 21

Recent Airplay
1.Jul 27, 2015:Everything A to Z week 04: A Deacade Of Jazz V2 Ain't No Grave
Twagala Torah, I Am a Soldier
4.Mar 23, 2004:the jewish alternative
We Are Happy
2.Apr 10, 2004:Morning Glory
Ali Omu Yekka
5.Mar 17, 2004:Night Music with an Accent
Suteronomy 32:39-43
3.Mar 30, 2004:the jewish alternative
Adon Olam
6.Mar 16, 2004:the jewish alternative
Hiwumbe Awumba

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-03-15 
Jews in Uganda! Yes, we are everywhere. This is mostly very basic material. Interesting how the Uganda Jewish music borrows from different sources: traditional Jewish tunes, African beats and a lot of Christian church music. Often, tough, the influences do NOT mix in a single track – there are some “African” tracks, some “Jewish” tracks and some “Christian” tracks on this album. Most tracks are a-cappella; otherwise they are often supported by cheap organ sounds, and guitar. Lyrics in mostly in Luganda, Hebrew and English. Play 1, 3, 11, 20, 23, 24.

1. Starts a cappella - male lead vocals, female chorus; fades mid track into an instrumented version (simple organ and organ-produced rhythms). **
2. Very basic tribal rhythm and melody. Traditional drums. Mid/high tempo.
3. Quick string picking, single male vocal, African bluegrass. **
4-6. Lullabies. Female vocals, interesting tunes, no backdrop.
7. Kids chanting “I’m a soldier in the army of the Lord”.
8. In Hebrew; kids chanting a prayer.
9-10. Again single vocalist and chorus chanting; a cappella. Some Hebrew on 10.
11. Guitar and electric organ, mid tempo halleluiah song. *
12-13. Chorus singing Hebrew prayers. Slow, nice.
14-15. Same but not in Hebrew.
16. Sabbath blessing in Hebrew. Boy, this sounds the same pretty much everywhere.
17. Kids choir.
18. Like 2, African-tribal sound. Choir chanting for the Maimuna holiday.
19. Choir singing a peculiar version of the second-most-famous Hebrew song ever (after Hava Nagila, of course).
20. Basic instrumentation on this track, mid/high tempo, *
21. Very crude organ and organ beats accompanies choir on this one.
22. Male voice, short prayer.
23-24. Choir, slow and quiet, nice tunes. **

Track Listing
1.Psalm 136 13.Lekhah, Dodi
2.Katonda Oyo Nalimana 14.Psalm 92
3.Hiwumbe Awumba 15.Psalm 93
4.Mwana Talitambula 16.Kiddush and Motzi
5.Mmwana, Ngolera 17.Psalm 121
6.Tulo, Tulo 18.Maimuna
7.I Am a Soldier 19.Hinei Ma Tov
8.Mi Khamokhah 20.Ali Omu Yekka
9.Kabbila 21.Psalm 150
10.Twagala Torah 22.Deuteronomy 32:8
11.We Are Happy 23.Suteronomy 32:39-43
12.Adon Olam 24.Psalm 130