Saturday, May 29, 2010

Aka Pygmy Music - Unesco Collection




Aka Pygmy Music
Unesco Collection - Musical Sources,
Philips - 6586 016 - P.1973


Commentary, recordings and photographs: Simha Arom. Recordings made in 1971.




Side 1

A1 Mongombi - Shouts uttered while hunting with nets 5'06
A2 Anduwa - Song performed during the return from a hunt 3'31
A3 Dikoboda sombe - Hut song - solo 2'23
A4 Dikoboda sombe - Hut song - duet 3'49
A5 Bosobè - Song and dance of a diviner-healer 6'21
A6 Bobangi - Song to celebrate the catching of game 4'31

Side 2

B1 Kokoyandongo - Song and dance of a diviner-healer 6'25
B2 Nzenzenze - Children's game 1'00
B3 Balibo sasasa - Children's round dance 1'07
B4 Mbola - Adult song performed by children 3'07
B5 Nzombi - Music for the return from a hunt - solo 1'15
B6 Nzombi - Music for the return from a hunt - duet 0'54
B7 Epanda - Invocations to the spirits of the ancestors 1'34
B8 Mombimbi - Invocations to the spirits of the ancestors 2'46
B9 Monzoli - Ritual song 5'41


Some more recordings made by Simha Arom in Central African republic. This is a superlative record! Thanks again to kind zwan for the rip and the lovely scans! Another post graciously supplied by good friends in music attracted by one of my previous posts.

Hunted down and digitized by the good dog zwan and carefully annotated, edited and packaged by Our Man in Madras, Arvind!


What Steve Reich accomplished with elliptical tape loops in concurrent motion on pieces like “It’s Gonna Rain”, the singers of the Aka manage to do while walking to work in the morning.

- Richard Henderson in The Wire



Reissued as Auvidis/Unesco CD (D8054) in 1994.






2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pygmy music is one of the most cherished musical discoveries I've ever made. So much beauty and art in these songs. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about the recordings here or this blog in general. You'll just have to do with a thank you (for what its worth), bolingo69!

Hans

Art of Peace Collective said...

Thank you! Wonderful stuff. And also for the Rwanda series. Viva Luobaniya! Country full of persons without borders =)