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Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri Rainforest captures the variety and tonal quality of the solo and choral traditions present in Mbuti vocal music. Songs are primarily concerned with Mbuti's nomadic life and the forest, from which their lives and those of the animal kingdom are sustained. These prized recordings have been remastered and resequenced to reflect Dr. Turnbull's original mode: the recording begins in the forest with music associated with hunting and gathering, moves to the village for a Bantu initiation ritual, and finally returns to the forest for the Mbuti rituals. This record documents the music discussed in the book The Forest People, read by many anthropology classes. A superbly annotated favorite among world music enthusiasts. "...[F]rom the moment Colin Turnbull lets the chatter and work rhythms of the encampment he's approaching engulf the jungle's ambient insect and bird music, I'm hooked." The Village Voice


  1. Name
  2. In The Rainforest Approaching A Forest Camp
  3. Elephant Hunting Song
  4. Elephant-Hunt Song
  5. Spear Song
  6. Cries Of Beaters, Signalling And Shouting
  7. Honey-Gathering Song
  8. Animal Dance Song
  9. Flute Duet
  10. Flute Solo
  11. Slit-Gong Signalling
  12. Mbuti Dance In Bantu Village
  13. Lukembi And Voice
  14. Lukembi (Mbuti)
  15. Bachelor Duet With Lukembi
  16. Musical Bow
  17. Musical Sticks
  18. Nkumbi Initiation Song
  19. First Song Of The Elima
  20. Second Song Of The Elima
  21. First Molimo Fire Dance Song
  22. Second Molimo Fire Dance Song
  23. Molimo Song With Argument
  24. First Molimo Song For Great Occasion
  25. Second Molimo Song For Great Occasion
  26. Molimo Song 'Darkness Is Good'
  27. Molimo Song Of Devotion To The Forest
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