Echoes of the Forest: Music of the Central African Pygmies

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
This stunning collection brings together field recordings of the Central African Pygmies made during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Taken from tapes recorded by Colin Turnbull, Jean-Pierre Hallet, and Louis Sarno, all of whom have written extensively on Pygmy culture, the 18 performances here trace the fertile variety and sophistication of Pygmy musical culture through a variety of vocal and instrumental cuts. Most of the pieces are made up of call-and-response vocal harmonies, augmented by hand-clapping and a variety of percussion instruments. All of the recordings were made in and around the Ituri rainforest lands of Central Africa, and consist of material by both the Ef? ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
This stunning collection brings together field recordings of the Central African Pygmies made during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Taken from tapes recorded by Colin Turnbull, Jean-Pierre Hallet, and Louis Sarno, all of whom have written extensively on Pygmy culture, the 18 performances here trace the fertile variety and sophistication of Pygmy musical culture through a variety of vocal and instrumental cuts. Most of the pieces are made up of call-and-response vocal harmonies, augmented by hand-clapping and a variety of percussion instruments. All of the recordings were made in and around the Ituri rainforest lands of Central Africa, and consist of material by both the Efé and Ba Benjellé Pygmies. The subject matter covers a wide swath of concerns, including hunting, food-gathering, rites of passage, births, weddings, and spiritual ceremonies. The handsomely designed, cloth-bound packaging contains 64 pages of photos and extensive notes by the ethnographers. A perfect introduction to African Pygmy musical culture.
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  • Release Date: 5/30/1995
  • Label: Ellipsis Arts
  • UPC: 052296402020
  • Catalog Number: 4020

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Men's Elephant-Hunting Song (7:28)
  2. 2 Girl's Echo Song (1:33)
  3. 3 Peipa (2:25)
  4. 4 Honey-Gathering Song (1:29)
  5. 5 Women's Wedding Song (2:51)
  6. 6 Net-Hunting Song (2:59)
  7. 7 Méle-É (4:45)
  8. 8 Bow-Harp and Vocal (5:07)
  9. 9 Ikobi (1:40)
  10. 10 Ikobi (1:38)
  11. 11 One-String Violin (2:22)
  12. 12 Lote (2:05)
  13. 13 Sanza (3:11)
  14. 14 Birth Celebration (1:47)
  15. 15 Geedal (3:25)
  16. 16 Mangissa (8:32)
  17. 17 Ejengi Ceremony (3:50)
  18. 18 Makusé (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mamado Track Performer
Portasi Track Performer
Technical Credits
Colin Turnbull Engineer, Liner Notes
Larry Blumenfeld Producer, Liner Notes
Jean-Pierre Hallet Poetry, Engineer, Liner Notes, Illustrations
JoDee Stringham Graphic Design
Newton Beal Liner Notes
Jeffrey Charno Executive Producer
Stewart McBride Liner Notes
Charles Owirajiye Liner Notes
Louis Sarno Engineer, Liner Notes
Maureen Gleissner Graphic Design
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