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Music of Equatorial Africa

Various Artists
Music of Equatorial Africa

This 1950 compilation utilizes recordings made in former French Equatorial Africa, a territory out of which the countries Chad, Central African Republic, Gabon, Republic of Congo, and Cameroon were formed. Performers include members of the N’Goundi, Bongili, Babinga and other tribes. Ethnic Folkways Library editor Harold Courlander provides an essay explaining the ways in which African music has influenced many styles of American music, including cowboy and Latin–American songs. Song selections emphasize how music in Africa is connected to the activities of daily living, such as a song in which N’Goundi girls “scoff at a young boy who has bragged too much about his own capabilities.”

Track Listing

101
Badouma Paddler's Song (Male Chorus) Male Badouma paddlers 1:38
102
Badouma Paddler's Song (Male Voices, Sansa, Rattles, Horns) Male Badouma paddlers, sansa player, rattle and horn players 1:33
103
N'Goundi Song (Male Solo, Mixed Chorus, Sansa) Male N'Goundi singer with sansa, mixed chorus 2:06
104
N'Goundi Girls' Song (Female Chorus, Handclapping) Female N'Goundi soloist, girls' chorus 1:15
105
Mboko Song (Solo Voice, Musical Bow) Male Mboko musical bow player 1:53
106
Mboko Riddle Song (Male Voices, Zither Harp, Wooden Sticks, Rattle) Four male Mboko musicians with zither-harp and percussion 1:21
107
Okandi Women's Song (Female Chorus, Drums) Female Okandi chorus, three male drummers 1:40
108
Yaswa Marimbas (Three Xylophones) Yaswa xylophone players 1:35
201
Bongili Work Song (Girls' Chorus, Pestle Sounds) Young Bongili women beating out bananas 1:17
202
Baya Dance (Mixed Voices, Drums, Rattles) Mixed Baya singers with rattles, three drummers 1:57
203
Pomo Perambulating Chant (Mixed Voices, Horns, Bell, Rattle) Mixed Pomo singers with rattles, male horn and bell players 1:38
204
Koukouya Horns and Drums (Ivory Horns, Drums, Solo Voice) Koukouya singer with drum, five ivory-horn players 1:38
205
Babinga Pigmy Chorus (Flute, Women's Chorus, Handclapping) Female Babinga chorus, flute player 1:16
206
Babinga Dance (Mixed Voices, Drums) Mixed Babinga chorus, drummers 1:52
207
Kouyou Medicine Dance (Male Voices, Horn, Drums, Sticks, Handclapping) Male Kouyou singers, horn player, drummers 1:22
208
Kouyou Women's Dance (Women's Chorus, Drums, Bell) Female Kouyou chorus with bell, three male drummers 2:04

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