Northern Congo

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Bia gaza | Central African

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ILAM

 "Song of the drum". Dance song. Large wooden slit drum with feet, 3 conical drums, cross laced and double headed, metal hand bells. The conical drums were all called either Gaza or Ndimo. The slit drum is Gugu or Bugu. The beaters of the conical drums are called Luiringwa Gaza. The method of playing the slit drum is unusual, as the player sits astride his drum and may even rest one leg along its length. The small ebony carvings from this district demonstrate this stance.

Zande men (Performer)

1952-08-31 Bandiya | Bugu | Buta | Chief Gatanga | Folk - Central African | Gaza | Gugu | ILAM | Ndimo | Nguru | Northern Congo | Zande | Zande
Sungi akumba | Central African

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ILAM

A Zande dance with Kponingbo xylophone (log zylophone with keys on banana stems. The tuning corresponds in absolute pitch with that of harp strings). "Sungi kumba wa sa gasi li Sungi akumba ai gibolo. It is a bad housewife who does not work for a husband. A woman who can't work is no good at all." These loose note xylophones are played by three and sometimes four men sitting on either side of the instrument. The Zande dance is performed in a circle to the cheerful sound of the xylophone. All the dancers move in unison with small steps in a set pattern which ensures that the circle moves around gradually in an anti-clockwise direction. A characteristic gesture by Zande dancers is the holding out of hands, palms upwards, gently raising and lowering the forearms in time with the music.

Composer not specified
Nakule (Performer)

1952-08-31 Bandiya | Chief Gatanga | Folk - Central African | ILAM | Kponingbo xylophone | Nakule | Nguru | Northern Congo | Zande
Bandiya yo | Central African

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ILAM

A Zande dance with Kponingbo xylophone (log zylophone with keys on banana stems. The tuning corresponds in absolute pitch with that of harp strings). "We live here in the district of Bandiya." These loose note xylophones are played by three and sometimes four men sitting on either side of the instrument. The Zande dance is performed in a circle to the cheerful sound of the xylophone. All the dancers move in unison with small steps in a set pattern which ensures that the circle moves around gradually in an anti-clockwise direction. A characteristic gesture by Zande dancers is the holding out of hands, palms upwards, gently raising and lowering the forearms in time with the music.

Composer not specified
Nakule (Performer)

1952-08-31 Bandiya | Buta | Chief Gatanga | Folk - Central African | ILAM | Kponingbo xylophone | Nakule | Nguru | Northern Congo | Zande | Zande dance
Kondo natipala bako | Central African

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ILAM

Dance in honour of the ancestors with Kponingbo or Akpaningbo, nine loose-note zylophone. (log zylophone with keys on banana stems. The tuning corresponds in absolute pitch with that of harp strings) "Kondo natipala bako, Gatanga natipala bako, Mongo natipala nako" " The father of Kondo, The father of Gatanga, The mother of Mongo."

The tuning of the loose note xylophone is 664, 568,496, 392, 360, 332, 284, 248, 196 vs.

Composer not specified
Nakule Nguba (Performer)

1952-08-31 Akpaningbo | Bandiya | Buta | Chief Gatanga | Folk - Central African | ILAM | Kponingbo xylophone | Nakule | Nguru | Northern Congo | Zande
Mugoi Asole |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card F4W-3

Mulapala Kpeli (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-09-02 Bandiya | Buta | Chief Garanga | Democratic Republic of the Congo | East African | Harp | ILAM | Indigenous music | Kundi | Mongonika | Mulapala Kpeli | Northern Congo | Republic of the Congo | Topical song | Zande | Zande
Muzeze | Central African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number F4T-5.

Philippe Engbaka and friend (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-08-30 Aketi | Binza | Central African | Dance song | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk music | ILAM | Indingenous music | Mbira | Muzeze dance | Northern Congo | Philippe Engbaka
Embati | Central African

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number F4T-6.

Philippe Engbaka and friend (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-08-30 Aketi | Binza | Central African | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Ekembe | Folk music | ILAM | Indingenous music | libembe. 10 notes. | Northern Congo | Philippe Engbaka | Topical song
Ngbakpolo Yingo |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number F4W-1.

Mula Pala Kpeli (Performer)
Chief Gatanga Mongonika (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-09-02 Central African | Chief Gatanga Mongonika | Clapping | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk music | ILAM | Indingenous music | Mula Pala Kpeli | Nguru | Northern Congo | Topical song | Vertical angular harp | Zande | Zande
Gatari na Congo |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number F4W-10.

Bakia Pierre (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-09-02 Buta | Central African | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk music | ILAM | Indingenous music | Kundi | Northern Congo | Pierre,Bakia | Topical song | Vertical angular harp | Zande
Amana mi adu namgwetia lebobo |

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ILAM

Further details refer ILAM field card number F4W-11.

Baziri Teofili (Performer)
Composer not specified

1952-09-02 Bo Bura | Buta | Central African | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk music | Humorous | ILAM | Indingenous music | Mbira | Northern Congo | Teofili,Baziri
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