Okony Tumangu Tim – Aculube ocwalo kwena (Rat makes an announcement)

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Published on March 18, 2014 by Evert Aalten

Scandal Studios – Ugandan Recordings

Okony Tumangu Tim literally means ‘Help Tumangu Team’. Tumangu is a small village in Kitgum district in northern Uganda. Most of the thirty-three group members are women. They dance and sing about issues that are important to their community, such as land, sickness and war. Besides the choir and dancers, the group consists of a lead singer, two ladies playing bila and whistle and two drummers.

Okony Tumangu Tim: “This song is about Rat who has sent a message to Vulture that many people at home are dying. Rat tells Vulture that he can come and help with eating the bodies of those that died from nodding syndrome (lucluc), an unexplained affliction that has affected so many children in this area.”

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