The Endere is a flute of the Baganda people, the Omukuri of the Banyankore and the Bakiga people, the Akalere of the Basoga Iteso people. It is played both as a solo and accompaniment instrument and is widely popular in all regions of Uganda. The instrument is blown at the slightly V-shaped slit end of the instrument, usually with four finger holes. In Ankole (Nkole) the instrument is also played at times in order to be accompanied by drums.
The Endere Instrument Rack is created to sound as authentic as possible in terms of velocity responsiveness, but the design of the rack is created to shape and mould the sonic textures further. This authentic African instrument is designed to stretch the boundaries of what is sonically capable in the real world. Aiming to redefine the relationship between the acoustic quality and electronic manipulation. This instrument is available free of charge, however a small donation would be greatly appreciated to assist in the creation of future instrument racks.
If the Endere is not used to accompany dancing, it is used to play melodies for the grazing cattle or to interpret love songs. In Buganda it can be played solo, in a duet or in small ensembles. An ensemble consists of the largest flute (Kiwuwa), the middle (Enkoloozi); the third largest (Entengezi); and the smallest one (Entengo). In the Busoga region it is a dominant instrument and it is played in combination with other wind or percussion instruments. The Iteso people use this flute mostly solo, or they accompany it with an Akogo (finger piano).
This instrument was recorded in September 2015 in Nairobi Kenya for Santuri Safari by Emile Hoogenhout. Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi is the featured musician that helped to capture the essence of the Endere.
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