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The Hugh Tracey Recordings from Africa

Forest Music (Northern Belgian Congo - 1952)

Recorded by Tracey in 1952, this album focuses on two Mangbetu groups in Congo - the Mayogo and the Meje - with drum ensembles, mass singing, likembe ('thumb piano'0 playing; and the Azande people with xylophone and the intimate kundi harp. There is also more harp by the Balendu, and an enlightening recording explaining the language of sending messages by talking drums.

These recordings are form the collection of the International Library of African Music in South Africa

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Listen to some samples courtesy of Stern's Music

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