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Twelve African Songs for Solo Voice and Piano - 6. KALEEBA (Look out!)

By Fred Onovwerosuoke

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Voice, Soprano Voice, Alto Voice - Intermediate
Composed by Fred Onovwerosuoke. 21st Century, World, African, Fairy Tales. 6 pages. African Music Publishers #AMP12886. Published by African Music Publishers (S0.22540).

Item Number: S0.22540

Kaleeba is simply perky and jocular, and though from Uganda, revisits the ageless pan-African tradition of story-telling. The story along with its accompanying tune is a staple among the Baganda peoples of Uganda, though with many versions of the story known depending on who tells them. This version alludes to the magical bird who charms an entire village to “dance away” their sorrows. Perched on a tree near the village well, the magic bird engages a young girl, then a maiden and finally a company of women. At each encounter the bird persuades its audience to dance to a mythical tune. First, it was the little girl who danced and abandoned her water pitcher and danced back to the village. Then a young lady, and finally a company of women, who all met the same fate – abandoned their water pitchers and danced back to the village!

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