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Music of the Cameroons

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Music of the Cameroons

From the grassy highlands of western Cameroon, Music of the Cameroons narrates the lives of the Bafut tribe of the Tikar ethnic lineage, along with select moments from other nearby Tikar and Fulani tribes. Evocative of the cyclical nature of their lives, the Bafut create layers of repetition and polyrhythm as their workers sift through coffee beans, villagers celebrate their fon (or king), and a mother sings her child to sleep. Both women and men share leading roles in call-and-response tracks featuring instruments such as the shekere (shaker gourd) and pit harp. Liner notes include further descriptions of the Tikar music-making process, the musicians, and photographs dating from 1959 when this album was created.

Track Listing

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Njung Njung orchestra 3:52
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102
Hail Muma / Social Song (1) (medley) Wives and children of the brother of Fon 4:23
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103
Hail Mumu / Social Song (2) Wives and children of the brother of Fon 3:43
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104
Three Bafut Songs A 16 year-old blind boy 2:17
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105
Ngwa - Two Songs / Part 1 Young boys and girls 1:59
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106
Ngwa - Two songs / Part 2 n/a 2:04
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107
Drinking Song n/a 1:00
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108
Mansa (Funeral Song) n/a 5:13
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109
Song for the Grass Ceremony n/a 1:53
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110
Four Lullabies Mother to child 1:47
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111
Sanitree ("Sanitary") n/a 4:04
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201
Lambule Munkunka ("Shaming" Song) Male and female singers 1:38
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202
Njung (Social Song and War Cry) Drum, rattle and wooden rasp 0:56
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203
Mansa (Funeral Song) Solo and chorus 2:49
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204
Christian Hymn n/a 5:26
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205
Njung Njung orchestra 0:59
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206
Coffee Workers Song / Work Song with Leader / Jamma-Jamma (medley) Coffee-sifters working at the United Africa Corporation warehouse in Bamenda 2:19
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207
Pit Violin Young boy 0:44
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208
Fon's Wives (Two Songs) Fon's Wives 1:41
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209
Social Njung Njung orchestra 0:53
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210
Song of Welcome n/a 2:17
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211
Nufum (Memorial to the Dead) / Fulani / Njung (medley) Fon's wives and daughters 2:28
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