Folk - Central African

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mangai | Folk - Central African

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ILAM

Topical song with 2 guitars, 3 basket rattles and 1 bottle. Chibanda and Kasena with 7 Kanyoka men. Territory Mwene Ditu, District Kabinda, Kasai, Belgian Congo. Recorded in rural Panda-Jadotville, Belgian Congo.

"The Kanyoka captured the Chief of the Kasai people on the other side of the river, cut off his head, put it in a pot of beer and drank the beer."

It is not certain from the context to which tribal wars this incident refers, if any. It may well be a form of boasting or braggadocio.

1957-07-28 Basket rattle | Bottle | Folk - Central African | Guitar | ILAM | Kanyoka | Northern Rhodesia | Southern Congo
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
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
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