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Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri Rainforest

Various Artists
Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri Rainforest

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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Track Listing

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In the rainforest approaching a forest camp Birds, crickets, and young Mbuti Pygmy boys in the Ituri Rainforest 1:38
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Elephant-hunting song Group of Mbuti men 3:05
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Elephant Hunt song Group of Mbuti men and boys 5:12
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Spear song Group of Mbuti men 3:03
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Cries of beaters during net hunting: signalling and shouting Group of Mbuti Pygmies 0:59
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Honey-gathering song Group of Mbuti women 2:54
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Animal Dance song Group of Mbuti Pygmies 2:40
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Flute duet Two Mbuti Pygmies 1:52
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Flute solo Pakasi 2:07
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Slit-gong signalling Slit-gong signalling 1:15
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Mbuti dance in Bantu village Group of Mbuti men and women 2:15
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Lukembi and voice Abdul Aziz 2:26
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Lukembi (Mbuti) Mbuti Pygmy playing lukembi 1:38
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Bachelor duet with Lukembi Two Mbuti bachelors 1:36
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115
Musical bow Ndaka man playing musical bow 2:30
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116
Musical sticks Nkumbi initiation dance 1:44
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Nkumbi initiation song Group of Mbuti boys led by Ndaka villager 0:45
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First song of the Elima, the women's society Group of Mbuti women 1:54
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Second song of the Elima, the women's society Group of Mbuti women 1:11
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First Molimo fire dance song Group of Mbuti men 2:04
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Second Molimo fire dance song Group of Mbuti men 1:26
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Molimo song with a preliminary argument Group of Mbuti men and women 2:36
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First Molimo song sung only on occasions of great importance Group of Mbuti men 2:34
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Second Molimo song sung only on occasions of great importance Group of Mbuti men 1:53
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Molimo song: Darkness is good Group of Mbuti men 2:17
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Molimo song of devotion to the forest Group of Mbuti men 1:30
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