Chemirocha, here, is about Jimmie Rodgers, the yodelling cowboy, whose records were the first to be heard in this region. (‘Chemirocha’ is how his name is pronounced.) With accompaniment by a thum eight-string bowl lyre, Peny Gi Polo is a folk song put to religious use by a Seventh Day Adventist (though with a sarcasm which belies his profession of faith). Tong Tong is the chopping sound of an axe: ‘The clever rabbit sticks to its own sort / How does a rabbit become very clever?’. Makomere is played by two friends: one with a gourd rattle and ankle bells, the other with a box lyre cobbled together from scraps of wood, with a bicycle bell fixed onto it for special effects. The singer reflects on his experiences in the Burma campaign, during the Second World War. And Olenyo Ber Neno Nyar Oganda — sung by a school choir — is about a woman so beautiful she makes the writer run naked and climb a mountain.
As always with this series, the remastering is excellent, and the booklet is fully informative, with translations and great photographs. And the music itself is stunning, unearthly and beautiful as a matter of routine.