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Folk Music of the Western Congo

Various Artists
Folk Music of the Western Congo

Folk Music of the Western Congo presents music from the Bantu-speaking tribes of Western Congo. Included is a Bambala litigation proceeding, which requires litigants to both speak and sing their case to the village chief. One litigant says, “Let us debate the things, but slowly, slowly….” He then sings: “I am like the dog that stays before the door until he gets a bone.” Also featured are examples of Bambala talking drums, Bapende xylophone, and children’s songs from the Bapende and Bakwesi communities. Liner notes include track descriptions and pictures of the musicians.

Track Listing

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Babunda Song n/a 2:12
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102
Bapende Work Song n/a 0:33
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103
Bambala Drumming n/a 0:47
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104
Bambala Drumming n/a 3:46
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105
Bambala Litigation n/a 9:15
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106
Bambala "Talking" Drum n/a 1:22
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Bambala Dance n/a 4:06
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202
Bapindi Sansas n/a 0:59
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203
Bapindi Sansas n/a 0:47
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204
Bapindi Hunting Calls n/a 2:15
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205
Bapende Xylophone n/a 0:58
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206
Bapende Xylophone n/a 2:17
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207
Bapende and Bakwesi Children's Songs n/a 1:50
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Babunda and Bayansi Children's Songs n/a 2:35
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Basuku Children's Song n/a 1:00
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