and singing are very important to the Ugandan people. They are used
to accompany the daily tasks such as pounding millet in to flour,
ploughing and fishing, as well as to celebrate family occasions. Many
instruments are handmade by the people themselves using the available
natural materials or even recycling scrap materials. Music is also
very important for Scouts at camp and is often used to welcome visitors.
Listen to music
and songs by Uganda Scouts in these real audio tracks.
A Ugandan Drum
The drum represents
Uganda's culture. The drum is common throughout the country. It is used
as a percussion instrument for various traditional dances, ceremonies
and for communication.
Make your own
of a drum. Note this is a pdf file for which you will need Adobe Acrobat.
What to do
- Cut out two
circles of polythene each 10cm (4in) larger than the diameter of
- Pierce holes
at 3cm (11/2 in) intervals around the edge of each of the polythene
circles about 3cm (11/2 in) from the edge.
- Thread string
through the holes in each plastic sheet and tie tightly over each
open end of the tin.
- Join the two
sheets of polythene by threading cord between the string at the
top and bottom of the tin to increase the tension.
Your Own Drum
- Use the drum
to beat out a tune. Have a competition to see if the Scouts in your
Patrol can recognise the tune.
- Invite some
local folk musicians to come along and explain the history and traditionof
the folk music from your locality. The Scouts could learn some folk
music and perform it at a camp or parent's evening.
- Invite each
Patrol to sing two songs or play two pieces of music of their own
choice which show different styles and tempos.
- Invite the
Scouts to discuss the different attitudes to music that Scouts of
Uganda and Scouts in the United Kingdom have.
- Visit a local
jazz Club or concert performance and discuss the programme and performances
- Organise a
short campfire or sing song to finish the Troop meeting. Learn a
song from Uganda or write a song to pass an important message to
other young people.
- Arrange a pop
quiz complete with tapes and use a variety of music for example
Scout songs, pop music, classical music, theme tunes of adverts
and television programmes.