Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Masangana Kibwabwa | Central African

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ILAM

Drinking song with guitars and double headed drum

1949-07-07 Belgian Congo | Buja | Central African Music | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Drum | Elizabethville | Guitar | ILAM | Ngala | Ngala
Zibula malembe | FOLK MUSIC

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ILAM

Dance music with guitars and double headed drum

1949-07-07 Belgian Congo | Buja | Central African Music | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Drum | Elizabethville | FOLK MUSIC | Guitar | ILAM | Ngala | Ngala
Ncito ya Lucelo | Central African

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ILAM

Work sing for road work

1949-07-13 Belgian Congo | Central African Music | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk song | ILAM | Kasenga | Luunda
Camoba Salala | Central African

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ILAM

Dance song of the Zomba dance

1949-07-13 Belgian Congo | Central African Music | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk song | ILAM | Kasenga | Luunda
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
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
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
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
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