Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music & Interfaith Harmony in Uganda

Various Artists SFW50417

The songs in this collection are written and performed by the coffee farmers of the Peace Kawomera (Delicious Peace) Fair Trade cooperative in Mbale, Uganda. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim farmers work together to overcome generations of conflict and poverty. Village guitar groups and women’s choirs sing to stress the transformative impact of Fair Trade prices and to encourage their neighbors to join the coffee cooperative. Accompanied with xylophone, drums, and other traditional instruments, these farmers sing of the benefits of interfaith cooperation and, through music, teach new cooperative members how to produce great coffee. J. J. Keki, the founder of the cooperative, says: “Use whatever you have to create peace! If you have music, use your music to create peace. For us, we have coffee. We are using coffee to bring peace to the world.”

The inspiration for Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music & Interfaith Harmony in Uganda
“Let All Regions Come Together” by Akuseka Takuwa Kongo Group

Lyric transcriptions available here.

Year Released 2012
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2012 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) World

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101 The benefits of coffee Akuseka Takuwa Kongo Group 4:23
102 The people of Uganda Balitwegomba Choir 4:07
103 Get up and grow coffee! J. J. Keki and the Peace Kawomera Jazz Band 3:34
104 Hit the jerrycan! Integrated Rural Development Support Programs Choir 5:26
105 In Uganda, everyone grows coffee Mbiko Aisa Farmers Group 4:18
106 Let us continue farming Kasimu Namanyala and Paul Mugoya 5:26
107 Construct a processing factory Gumutindo Quality Choir 1:49
108 My beautiful wife, come back and we’ll grow coffee Peace Kawomera Jazz Band 5:13
109 Poverty is an obstacle to a good marriage Masada 2:22
110 Let all religions come together Akuseka Takuwa Kongo Group 5:12
111 Salaam alaikum Balitwegomba Choir 3:26
112 In Nangolo, we are all fired up J. J. Keki and the Peace Kawomera Jazz Band 3:55
113 If you are stuck in tradition, change will not wait for you Gumutindo Women’s Group 2:00
114 The Bagisu people have brought vanilla and coffee Matale Mirembe Vanilla Group 2:27
115 Educate our children Balitwegomba Choir 4:10
116 We have improved our economic status Mbiko Aisa Farmers Group 4:29
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