Arrival in lovely Kampala

Wednesday was a long day and a long night, but we arrived safely in Kampala even if some of our bags did not. We spent Friday getting settled in, acquiring some local phone numbers, buying a few groceries, and visiting a few friends. Despite the absence of his suitcase, Ar’Darius has been quite patient and has handled both jet lag and culture shock with true character.

As usual, Kampala remains a rapidly changing city. There’s a new mosque in Wandegeya, new buildings downtown and elsewhere, and we just happened to arrive in the middle of Kampala restaurant week. The “mimosa brunch” at Prunes was quite nice, though we skipped the mimosas in favor of their superior cappuccino.

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My friend Frankie was playing guitar for a while there, after which the restaurant shifted to a little bit different, jazzy/bossa nova vibe on the stereo. With the sun shining and people out in their casual African attire, it was a lovely way to relax before we dive into archival work at Makerere University tomorrow.

We’ll be working at Makerere’s Klaus Wachsmann Music Archive, where the founding director and current head of the Department of Performing Arts and Film, Dr. Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza, has invited us to work with her archivist and their interns on digitizing and cataloguing some recent acquisitions. Dr. Nannyonga-Tamusuza has been a long time colleague, friend, and mentor to me, and she has been a stalwart supporter of my work in Uganda. We are thrilled to be here and excited to work with her and her staff!

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