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In the second of this two part special Lucy Duran travels east from the source of the Nile into the Busoga Kingdom, an area famed for its music. Includes the music of the pit xylophone.

Lucy Duran presents the second of two programmes recorded on location in Uganda.

This week she travels east from the source of the Nile into the Busoga Kingdom, an area famed for its music. Amongst other things she hears the giant pit xylophone, so named because of the large hole dug in the ground over which it resonates.

Another group turn out to be fans of the World Service and compose a special song about the BBC.

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Music and featured items

  • Namado drumming.

    Lucy Duran is listening to Namado drumming in the shade of a mango tree.

    Duration: 07:44

  • Music Played

    • Siraji’s Cultural Group

      A song of appreciation for the BBC

  • Suraji’s Cultural Music Group.

    Lucy meets the leader of Suraji’s Cultural Music Group, Suraji.

    Duration: 05:30

  • Music Played

    • Suraji’s Cultural Group

      A song about AIDS

  • Suraji’s song.

    Lucy finds out about the various gestures Suraji’s makes during his song.

    Duration: 06:48

  • Music Played

    • Suraji’s Cultural Group

      A song about poverty

  • Lucy's welcome in a village.

    Lucy receives an extraordinary welcome in a village.

    Duration: 08:15

  • Music Played

    • Elderly village trumpeters

      Title unknown

  • Lucy visits the home of Mata.

    Lucy and her guides come to the home of Mata, one of the oldest musicians in this region.

    Duration: 08:15

  • Music Played

    • Mata

      Title unknown

    • Mata

      A song about President Museveni

  • Mata's song for the President.

    Lucy asks Mata about the song he sang about the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni.

    Duration: 05:18

  • Music Played

    • Mata

      A song about the end of life

  • An enormous xylophone.

    Lucy hear's an enormous xylophone which is played over a large hole dug into the ground.

    Duration: 06:23

  • Music Played

    • Nakibembe Village Musicians

      Today's Women

  • A xylophone demonstration.

    Lucy has a demonstration by each of the giant xylophone’s many players.

    Duration: 06:13

  • Music Played

    • Nakibembe Village Musicians

      Waire Nzira Nte

  • Lucy at Mount Elgon.

    Lucy comes to the end of her trip at Mount Elgon, the 8th highest mountain in Africa.

    Duration: 04:15

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