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Music of Zaire, Vol. 1: Libinza - Peoples of the Ngiri River

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Music of Zaire, Vol. 1: Libinza - Peoples of the Ngiri River

Music of Zaire, Vol. 1: Libinza — Peoples of the Ngiri River paints a musical picture of daily life in 1970 for the Libinza tribes in the modern–day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photographer Jacques Jangoux captures the region’s unique percussion played for rituals of life and death in these field recordings. Each track offers an example of the politics and behavioral norms that shape the community. These songs share the perspectives of elders, young people, and those on the social outskirts of their tribes. The liner notes include a map of the region, as well as photographs of the people and their musical instruments.

This recording is a companion album to Music of Zaire, Vol. 2: Bodjaba, Bamwe, Djamba — Peoples of the Ngiri River (FW04242). Please note that the liner notes for both volumes of Music of Zaire are the same.

Track Listing

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Engili Drum Libinza drummers 0:57
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Mokoto Drum Libinza drummers 0:32
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Mokoto Drum Two Libinza boys about twelve and fourteen years old 0:38
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Lingote Drum - Lingoti Drum Libinza drummers 0:41
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105
Eketu Drum Libinza drummers 0:25
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Ngomo Drum Libinza drummers 0:17
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107
Mbonda Drum Libinza drummers 0:28
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108
Mokumbe - Bell Libinza drummers 0:31
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109
There Is a Lot of Noise Female and male singer 2:43
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110
Song with Engili Drum Mwamiokolo Camille, Female and male singers 2:36
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Song with Chorus: When We Die Mwamiokolo Camille, Female and male singers 2:44
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You Have Killed My Father Libenge Camille 2:10
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Song by an Old Medicine Woman Nyabotuka Euphrasie 2:06
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Circumcision Song Libinza male singers at Bobaka 2:21
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Circumcision Song Libinza male singers at Bobaka 2:30
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201
Song of a Medicine Man Makoka Jean with female and male singers 2:04
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202
Song of a Medicine Man Makoka Jean with female and male singers 2:42
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203
I Have Been Ill Nyabitane Therese 1:56
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We Had the Visit of a European Mwalikumbi Marie 1:28
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I Am Hearing Bats Weeping Maluka Martin 2:20
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When There Is a Death Maluka Martin 2:06
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People Always Ask Me Nganda Augustin 2:22
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Drums and Chorus of Crowd During Ceremony by Medicine Woman Mwamutomboli Maria 0:59
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Each Time There Is an Argument Nyamwabela Adele 2:21
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A Man Called Mwayoba Says Mokwaka Albert 1:21
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I Used to be a Good Pongo Player Liloko Michel 1:21
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