Africa Lives on the BBC. Lucy Duran brings to an end the Africa Lives on the BBC season with two programmes recorded in Uganda. The breathtakingly complicated music of the Bugandan Royal Court.
Africa Lives on the BBC
Lucy Duran brings to an end the Africa Lives on the BBC season with two programmes recorded in Uganda.
After decades of civil war and strife, the south of the country at least, is now becoming more stable. This week she goes in search of the breathtakingly complicated music of the Bugandan Royal Court and tries to get an audience with King Ronald.
Music and featured items
The source of the Nile
Near the opening to Lake Victoria
Bugandan court musicians
The musicians role as prophets in Buganda and the pleasures of performing for the king. Instruments include the ancient and rare 8-string harp which is made of cow, goat and lizard skins.
Legendary court musician
The royal drums
Their history and a rare performance.
The Planets - Buganda's most famous group
Playing at a wedding
Annette Nandujja and The Planets
The Akadinda xylophone players
An organic xylophone made of banana stalks
The royal Akadinida musicians
Demonstrate playing and talk about their history.
After an interview with the king
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