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Bia vula- Baele na ngbangba | Central African

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM record number 7610. Fighting song with Ndimo conical cross laced double headed drum. This song is sung before fighting. Bia vula means a fighting song in Zande.

Zande men (Performer)

1952-08-31 Bandiya | Belgian Congo | Buta | Central African | Chief Gatanga | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Drum | Fighting song | Folk music | ILAM | Nguru | North Congo | Zaire | Zande | Zande
Bia vula - Ani kiti vula, ani naga | Central African

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ILAM

Further details refer to ILAM record number XYZ7610. Fighting song with Ndimo conical, cross laced double headed drum. This song is sung when returning from a fight. Bia vula means fighting song in Zande.

Composer ( not specified)
Zande men (Performer)

1952-08-31 Bandiya | Belgian Congo | Buta | Central African | Chief Gatanga | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Drum | Fighting song | Folk music | ILAM | Nguru | North Congo | Zaire | Zande | Zande
Oowa | Central African

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ILAM

Mourning song, with harp, mbira, bells and rattle. Zegive and Mvu people. Watsa district, North East Congo.

As a rule there is nothing in the song itself which would suggest to a foreigner a sense of solemnity or sadness in most African mourning songs.

1952-07-31 bells | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk - Central African | Harp | ILAM | Mbira | Mvu | Mvu people | North East Congo | Rattle | Republic of the Congo | Watsa territory | Zegive
Mumbariyo | Central African

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ILAM

Party song with mbira and rattle. Mvu men. Mamvutu-Andobo, sous chef Gamubu, chef Choga, N.E. Congo.

A simple Mvu tune and a good example of one of the simplest of all African modes.

1952-07-31 Basket rattle | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk - Central African | ILAM | Mbira | Mvu | North East Congo | Republic of the Congo
Angela | Central African

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ILAM

Party song with mbira and rattle. Mvu men. Mamvutu-Andobo, sous chef Gamubu, chef Choga, N.E. Congo.

A simple Mvu tune and a good example of one of the simplest of all African modes.

1952-07-31 Basket rattle | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk - Central African | ILAM | Mbira | Mvu | Mvu | North East Congo | Republic of the Congo
Gloria (Part 1) | Central African

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ILAM

Song for Mass in D. Further details refer ILAM record number AC1318

Chanteurs a la Croix de Cuivre (Performer)

1949-00-00 Central African | Chanteurs a la Croix de Cuivre | Choral music | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Elizabethville | ILAM | Kiwele,Joseph | Latin | Religious music | Singers of the Copper Cross | Unaccompanied
Chyoko | Central African

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ILAM

This song is usually sung after a funeral, with harp, likembe and basket rattle. Leader - Zegbe and Ndongo men and women. Chief Maki, Faradje territory, North East Congo.

The singers lament the death of a friend and in so doing demonstrate the fact that Africans celebrate their funerals with dances and apparently gay singing.

1952-07-31 Basket rattle | Chief Maki | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Faradje territory | Folk - Central African | Harp | ILAM | Likembe | Ndongo | Ndongo | North Eastern Congo | Republic of the Congo | Zegbe
Kugama I | Folk - Central African

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ILAM

Topical song with 5 stringed horizontal harp "domo" likembe, lisanzo and "sese" rattle. Leader - Zegbe and Ndongo men and women. Chief Maki, Faradje territory, North East Congo.

"I will never stave for my brother will feed me."

The song was sung in Ndongo with a mixture of Lingala (the local lingua franca).

 

1952-07-31 Chief Maki | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Faradje territory | Folk - Central African | ILAM | Likembe | Lisanzo | Ndongo | Ndongo | North Eastern Congo | Republic of the Congo | Sese basket rattle | Zegbe
Diya Kilango | Folk - Central African

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ILAM

Work song (Carrying Sedan Chair), with harp, likembe, bekks and basket rattle. Zegive and Mvu people. Watsa district, North East Congo.

This tribe, like many of the non-Bantu tribes in this North East part of the Congo are very simple people indeed. The country has still few roads (1952) and the carrying of officials and others whose work takes them into remote parts is still common.

The chair or mashila which they carry is called locally Tipoyi.

1952-07-31 Basket rattle | bells | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk - Central African | Harp | ILAM | Likembe | Mvu | Mvu | North East Congo Republic of the Congo | Watsa district | Zegive
Marche du 3me Bataillon | Central African

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ILAM

A march performed by a visiting military band from Belgium. Refer ILAM field card F1V13

Musique du Premier Groupement de la Force Publique

1952-02-06 Band music | Belgian Congo | Belgium | Central African | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | European | ILAM | Instrumental | March | military | Musique Militaire du Premier Groupment Force Publique
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