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Bulu Songs from the Cameroons

Various Artists
Bulu Songs from the Cameroons

The Bulu are one of the Fang-speaking peoples living in southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and northern Gabon—a region renowned for its rainforests and mountains. Bulu Songs from the Cameroons includes songs sung by the mbon mvet, a traveling storyteller and musician who spreads news throughout the region and who plays the mvet, a stringed instrument made from the frond of a raffia palm and gourds. Liner notes include a description of Bulu culture, track notes, notes on the pronunciation of Bulu words, and an illustration of the mvet.

Track Listing

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Dance Song Male Chorus 1:47
102
Secret Society Initiation Song Male Voices, drum rattles and singing horn 2:14
103
Folk Tale Wandering Minstrel with a mvet and chorus 3:01
104
Song of Self-Praise Wandering Minstrel and chorus 2:46
105
Song of Sorrow Male voices and chorus 2:05
106
Dance Song Male voices and chorus 1:26
107
Dance Song Mixed voices, drums, rattles and percussion sticks 3:17
108
Women's Dance Song Female voices and hand clapping 3:31
109
Men's Drinking Song Male voices and hand clapping 2:22
201
Song of Self-Praise Traveling minstrel with chorus and rattles 4:04
202
Work Song Male voices 2:57
203
Men's Dance Male voices, drums, sticks and handclapping 2:32
204
Story Song Male voices and handclapping 3:55
205
Flute Melody Old man with clapping and rattles 2:52
206
War Song Male voices and chorus 2:06
207
Sung to a Groom Men singing to the groom 2:17
208
Sung by the Bride's Relatives Mixed voices, drums, rattles and handclapping 4:08

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