Ogwang Clipper – Labongo has waged war

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Published on January 17, 2014 by Evert Aalten

Scandal Studios – Ugandan Recordings

Ogwang Clipper plays ‘nanga’, a traditional instrument with seven nylon strings in a wooden box. Clipper is one of the most experienced and respected nanga players in northern Uganda. He performs with his female counterpart on vocals and his dancers with whistle and bells. Even his broken foot in plaster didn’t keep Clipper from coming all the way from his village to Kitgum town to perform this song.

Ogwang Clipper: “Around 1980 the roads in northern Uganda were being graded and swept to look clean. According to this song, the Payira clan cheated the agreement with the Labongo clan to grade the road coming from Gulu to Kitgum district. The Labongo helped the Payira grading their roads, but the Payira refused to do the same for the Labongo.”

* Production: Evert Daniel Aalten
Camera: Karin van Bemmel

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