The musical instruments that are shown in this little handbook are only a few examples of the rich traditions that the Ugandan people own in this field. The field documentation was made in 1972 for students at a teacher training school in Kampala. The aim was then and is still to give some knowledge and inspiration to the affirmation and enrichment of cultural identities in Uganda and to cultural contacts and border-crossing exchange.
The photo to the left is from a Buganda village, showing the making of the drum engalabi. Most drawings in this book are based on photographs taken by the author during his volonteer work in Uganda in 1970 1972. It is a reprint from the original stencil papers.
The Republic of Uganda is bordered by Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and to the great Lake Victoria in East Africa. The multicultural nation is populated by varying Bantu-speaking, Nilotic peoples, and cultures of other ethnic origins. Uganda was made independent from Britain in 1962 and Yoweri Musiveni was elected to the post as the President of Uganda in 2006. The country is located on the East African plateau, averaging about 1 100 metres above sea level. The estimated population is 32 million, with around 40 different languages and a rich diversity of traditional music.