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Various Artists / Singing For Life: Songs Of Hope, Healing, And Hiv/Aids In Uganda
Album:Singing For Life: Songs Of Hope, Healing, And Hiv/Aids In Uganda Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:Jun 2008

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-07-20 Pull Date:2008-09-21 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Sep 21Aug 17Aug 10Aug 3Jul 27

 Recent Airplay
1.Sep 28, 2013:Music Casserole
Olumbe Ilubilbi
4.Aug 05, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Eitu Ililmuki?
2.Sep 16, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Olumbe Ilubilbi
5.Aug 01, 2008:Oatmeal
Olumbe Lwamela Abantu
3.Aug 12, 2008:At The Café Bohemian
6.Jul 29, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Olumbe Lwamela Abantu

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-07-19 
[coll]: Singing for Life
Smithsonian/Folkways, 2008

UGANDA – The massive, tragic devastation wreaked by AIDS across Africa is well documented. Uganda has been aggressive in tackling the disease, and education through music, dance and theater has been a big part of their effort. These field recordings from cities and villages across the country capture community groups using music to spread knowledge, deal with suffering, and spark social action. The music is mostly upbeat in tone even when the lyrics are tragic, with group singing and spoken word in a variety of local languages. Proceeds from this album will benefit non-profit AIDS relief organizations in Uganda.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 13

1. 6:49 – cicadas and thumb piano, uptempo female call/response vocals
2. 1:35 – delicate amateur fem chorus of AIDS patients, recorded in a hospital
3. 4:25 – rolling mixed chorus call/response over fast drum
4. 4:02 – very cool older male vocal with thumb piano & bowed string
5. 3:32 – solo fem vocal, chorus & drum come in later with an ominous tone
6. 6:56 – a cappella women’s chorus, an educational song w/spoken breaks
7. 2:58 – mixed chorus, casual sound & nice harmony: an educational parable
8. 4:06 – women’s chorus outdoors, picks up speed with handclaps & drum
9. 5:24 – a cappella choir: sing-song yet anthemic tune, in English
10. 7:52 – great xylophone/percussion & traditional-sounding men’s chorus
11. 4:55 – buzzing lyres sound like chorus of frogs(!), male voc + child
12. 4:30 – a cappella mixed chorus: very formal, like a recitation
13. 8:24 – male lead voc + sweet fem chorus, uptempo drums & handclaps
14. 1:42 – a cappella hymn-like public service announcement, in English

[ Fo ] 19-Jul-08

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Nakiranda, ViliminaOlumbe Ilubilbi
2.Nacwolo IgangaGuno Gwe Mulembe Gwe Tulimu Kat
3.Meeting Point KampalaAbange Ab'eno?
4.Mzee Mata NasaniEmagombe Newalfe
5.Kanihiro GroupSilimu Yaheeza Abantu
6.Bright Women ActressesBannange Twajilrwa
7.Negro Angels BamalayikaGampisi
8.Bukona Women's GroupSilimu Okutumala
9.Tasga Drama GroupFight The Epidemic
10.Kibaale Village Embaire EnsembleOlumbe Lwamela Abantu
11.Centurio BailkoowaAbalugana
12.Mudinet Drama GroupZino Endwadde Ezitakyaluma Kusasira
13.Sulaiman, WalyaEitu Ililmuki?
14.Jumbo Theatre GroupThe Struggle Against Aids`