Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri Rainforest

Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri Rainforest

Various Artists SFW40401

Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri Rainforest captures the variety and tonal quality of the solo and choral traditions present in Mbuti vocal music. Songs are primarily concerned with Mbuti's nomadic life and the forest, from which their lives and those of the animal kingdom are sustained. These prized recordings have been remastered and resequenced to reflect Dr. Turnbull's original mode: the recording begins in the forest with music associated with hunting and gathering, moves to the village for a Bantu initiation ritual, and finally returns to the forest for the Mbuti rituals. This record documents the music discussed in the book The Forest People, read by many anthropology classes. A superbly annotated favorite among world music enthusiasts. "...[F]rom the moment Colin Turnbull lets the chatter and work rhythms of the encampment he's approaching engulf the jungle's ambient insect and bird music, I'm hooked." — The Village Voice

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Year Released 1992
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 1992 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) World
Culture Group(s) Bira; Mbuti; Ndaka
Instrument(s) Drum, slit; Ensemble leader; Flute; Likembe; Musical bow; Ngbembe; Percussion, various; Sticks (Musical instrument); Vocals, group
Language(s) Lese; Ndaka
Subject(s) World music
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101 In the rainforest approaching a forest camp Birds, crickets, and young Mbuti Pygmy boys in the Ituri Rainforest 1:38
102 Elephant-hunting song Group of Mbuti men 3:05
103 Elephant Hunt song Group of Mbuti men and boys 5:12
104 Spear song Group of Mbuti men 3:03
105 Cries of beaters during net hunting: signalling and shouting Group of Mbuti Pygmies 0:59
106 Honey-gathering song Group of Mbuti women 2:54
107 Animal Dance song Group of Mbuti Pygmies 2:40
108 Flute duet Two Mbuti Pygmies 1:52
109 Flute solo Pakasi 2:07
110 Slit-gong signalling Slit-gong signalling 1:15
111 Mbuti dance in Bantu village Group of Mbuti men and women 2:15
112 Lukembi and voice Abdul Aziz 2:26
113 Lukembi (Mbuti) Mbuti Pygmy playing lukembi 1:38
114 Bachelor duet with Lukembi Two Mbuti bachelors 1:36
115 Musical bow Ndaka man playing musical bow 2:30
116 Musical sticks Nkumbi initiation dance 1:44
117 Nkumbi initiation song Group of Mbuti boys led by Ndaka villager 0:45
118 First song of the Elima, the women's society Group of Mbuti women 1:54
119 Second song of the Elima, the women's society Group of Mbuti women 1:11
120 First Molimo fire dance song Group of Mbuti men 2:04
121 Second Molimo fire dance song Group of Mbuti men 1:26
122 Molimo song with a preliminary argument Group of Mbuti men and women 2:36
123 First Molimo song sung only on occasions of great importance Group of Mbuti men 2:34
124 Second Molimo song sung only on occasions of great importance Group of Mbuti men 1:53
125 Molimo song: Darkness is good Group of Mbuti men 2:17
126 Molimo song of devotion to the forest Group of Mbuti men 1:30
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