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 Nodding syndrome (Lucluc), an unexplained illness that has affected so many children in this area. The cause and cure are unknown and it started about ten years ago. Tests have been done, but without any result. We don’t know what to do anymore, it’s hard to see our children suffer.”
* Production: Evert Daniel Aalten
Camera: Karin van Bemmel
Translation : Okidi Denish