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Songs Concerning The War Against Idi Amin

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This chapter contains songs about the 'Kagera' war against Idi Amin. Amin accused Nyerere of waging war against Uganda by way of multiple border skirmishes, and, hoping to divert attention from his internal troubles and rally Uganda against the foreign adversary, Amin invaded Tanzanian territory and formally annexed a section across the Kagera River boundary on 1 November 1978. Songs concerning the war against Idi Amin were extremely popular, and were most associated with the bakomyaluume and bagobogobo groups and their militarized magembe drama routines, in many cases commissioned by the government. These songs praise the Tanzanian soldiers, denounce Amin, and ask the citizens to be bold in their sacrifices in this trying time.

Keywords: Idi Amin; Kagera war; Tanzanian soldiers



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