This is a documented collection of Shilluk audio recordings, representing both narratives and songs. These materials offer a perspective on the life cycle in Shilluk culture, through topics ranging from childhood, over growing up, marriage, age sets, to mourning. The collection is being built up incrementally, and will continue to grow at least until early 2015. It is being created by Otto Gwado Ayoker and Bert Remijsen, with financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation.

The collection is structured as a set of items, each named on the basis of the performer and the title, for example "NyathomThaboOdhong_SweetnessOfTheDrum".

Each item involves a sound recording (wav file), which is accompanied by annotations. The annotations include the Shilluk orthography, the translation, and usually also comments. In a few cases, the annotations additionally include a phonological transcription (IPA standard) and morpheme glosses. The annotations are available in a TextGrid file (this format is specific to the Praat software package). Each item also includes a metadata file (incl. a summary); information about the singer; and a document spelling out the permissions. All of the information about the performer and the performance is also collated into a spreadsheet.

An up-to-date index (in spreadsheet format) of all the items in the collection can be requested at any time.

Items in this Collection

  • GeorgeAgyethDaak_songKingAyang 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. King Ayang Anay was elected king in 1974. He was young at the time, but he was married; and marriage qualified him to become king. But some villages delayed; they ...
  • MaryBodhiAkany_songKebDanceOfPapwojo 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. Keb is a dance in which people dance without drum beats. But the person who leads the song must have a strong voice, sometimes the song is led by two people. This ...
  • MaryAwowAdyejak_songAnnounceTheMarriage 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. In this song, the composer is challenging a young man who wanted to marry a girl, but he could not do so because he had no cows at that time. So, the composer ...
  • LuciaOywalAtitker_songGovernanceInSouthSudanParts1&2 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recordings at the center of this item are two Shilluk songs. When South Sudan got its independence, every South Sudanese became happy because that came after a very struggle. But before long, politicians began to fight ...
  • MaryBodhiAkany_songWomenOfNyibodo 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The women of Nyibodo love their husbands very much because they are lacking nothing in their houses. When Nyikango quarrelled with Okwer son of Jiw, the ancestor of Kwawaang clan, they separated and Nyikango moved ahead ...
  • MaryBodhiAkany_songNyibodoYouthSong 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. The young men of the village of Nyibodo, from the house of Awunkwey, were dancing with girls from Atigo, a nearby village. But the youth from the Amaylidh house ...
  • GeorgeAgyethDaak_songAjyangAndAkic 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. Ajyang and Akic were chiefs of Detwok. The army killed those two chiefs and burnt Detwok Village on 30 September 1964. The informants were Shilluks; they guided ...
  • GeorgeAgyethDaak_songTheBoatOfTheArab 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. A boat carrying army went from Malakal to Akorwa in Mwomo in July 1965, and took every good thing into the boat. Then the army burnt the shrine, and Akorwa Village. ...
  • MaryBodhiAkany_songFuneralSongForChiefAwaakjok 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk funeral song. Chief Awaakjok was the chief of Papwojo Village in Tonga District. Awaakjok was the chief during the first war (1955-1972), and he protected Papwojo during ...
  • AmaliaAyulDeng_songVisitingKingKwongo 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert; Bocay Onak, Maria
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. Kwongo became king after the demise of King Ayang Anay in 1992. King Kwongo built his house in Silki in Omdurman. The women of Takamol went to visit King Kwongo ...
  • AmaliaAyulDeng_songFuneralSongForKingAyang 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert; Bocay Onak, Maria
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. The King Ayang Anay had a house in Haj Yousif. So, when he went to the other side of the river [= died, BR] in 1992, the women of Takamol went for his funeral; ...
  • MaryBodhiAkany_songFuneralSongForAbinykwec 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. It is a funeral song (Shilluk "ayaar") about Gwado Ayoker from Nyibodo village, which is part fo the Tonga district. Awook, Nyikwec and Abinykwec are his bull's ...
  • AmaliaAyulDeng_songTheBuffaloOfTakamol 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. Shilluk people love one another and are united wherever they are found. During the war that started in 1983, many people left their homes and went to live in ...
  • PeterPaulinoTwong_songPakangMarchingSong 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The song at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. Marching songs are about the courage and strength of a village or a group. They are warriors’ songs that are sung when people are marching for war, or going to fight ...
  • PeterPaulinoTwong_songKebDanceOfPakang 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. Keb is a dance in which people dance without drum beats. But the person who leads the song must have a strong voice, sometimes the song is led by two people. This ...
  • OttoGwadoAyoker_songWriting 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. In early 1996, the Shilluk Language Council was divided among itself over the chair, while the literacy team and the Bible Translation team were very active. I ...
  • AndrewWanhMayik_songFuneralSongForJagoAyoker 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. The composer of this funeral song of Chief Ayoker is unknown. But people think that it was composed by a relative. The composer was thinking that his relative, ...
  • AndrewWanhMayik_songGirlsAreTaken 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. Young men would seek new dancing mates if the girls with whom they dance were taken by another group. They can also seek to win girls from another village if they ...
  • AndrewWanhMayik_songTheSongOfDibalo 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. The Mahdists entered Khartoum on 28 January 1885. And the Mahdi declared an Islamic State with its capital in Omdurman. Mahdi died in June the same year and ...
  • NyadhongoTwongObany_songKingKwongo 

    Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert
    The recording at the center of this item is a Shilluk song. King Kwongo Daak is the present Shilluk King. The Shilluk King is considered to be of his maternal uncles’ village. And after his installation, he is expected to ...

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