Republic of the Congo

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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
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
Ayilongo lokele | Southern African

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ILAM

Canoe paddling song with large slit drum. Further detail refer ILAM field card (F4L1)

Wagenya fishermen (Performer)

1952-05-16 Belgian Congo | Canoe song | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Drum | Folk music | Genya | ILAM | Indigenous music | Paddling song | Republic of the Congo | Southern African | Stanleyville | Wagenya
Ngolo Alila | Southern African

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ILAM

Canoe paddling song with slit and conical drums. Further detail refer ILAM field card (F4L5)

Wagenya fishermen (Performer)

1952-08-18 Belgian Congo | Canoe song | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Drum | Folk music | Genya | ILAM | Indigenous music | Paddling song | Republic of the Congo | Southern African | Stanleyville | Wagenya
Chipwidi we yo |

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ILAM

Chipwidi dance music. Further information refer ILAM field card number: C4C-7

Chenda Esite (Performer)
Composer not specified

1949-08-10 Belgian Congo | Central African | Chenda Esite | Chipiwidi | Congo | Dance song | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk music | Gourd | ILAM | Indigenous music | Luba | Lulua | Lulua | Republic of the Congo | Singing Gourd | Zaire
Bana bayaya ishila wa Mfwamba |

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ILAM

Chipwidi dance music. Further information refer ILAM field card number: C4C-8

Composer not specified
Chende Naomi (Performer)

1949-08-10 Belgian Congo | Central African | Chende Naomi | Chipiwidi | Congo | Dance song | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Folk music | Gourd | ILAM | Indigenous music | Luba | Lulua | Lulua | Republic of the Congo | Singing Gourd | Zaire
Salve Regina |

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ILAM

Choral type song with drum. Composer not specified. Further details refer ILAM record number SABC-HT37A5

Tabwa musicians and singers (Performer)

1958-07-29 Belgian Congo | Central African | Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Drum | ILAM | Republic of the Congo | Song | Tabwa | Tabwa | Tracey, Hugh | Zaire
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