BaAka Pygmy dance
1. Aka dancers.

Music and Dances

Musical instruments, musicians and dancers

(Italian concert tour of a group of Aka Pygmies
from the Central African Republic's rainforest)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
Luis Devin - La Foresta ti ha
Soundscape: Aka dance accompanied by polyphonic singing
and rhythmic claps (Aka Pygmies of the Central African Republic).
Pygmy harp
2. Tuning of an arched harp
during the rehearsals for a
concert of the tour.
Go to the page: Backstage
Aka Pygmies single skin drums
3. Aka drummers with cylindrical single
skin drums on stage at the Fiesole
Roman Theatre, during the rehearsals for a
Pygmy music and dance show at the "Estate
Fiesolana" festival (2001).
Go to the page: Aka Pygmies Italian Concert Tour
4. Aka dancers during a performance
in a meadow of Bismantova Stone,
a mount near Castelnovo ne' Monti,
in the Reggian Apennine.
BaAka Pygmies musical concert
5. The "N'zamba Lela Group" (Aka Pygmies of the Central African Republic)
on the stage of a theater during the performance of a polyphonic choral song.
The author:
Music anthropologist and writer, he has carried out field research in central Africa, where he lived with the Baka Pygmies and other forest peoples, whose music, rituals and survival strategies he has been studying for more than a decade.

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Aka Pygmy music and dances during their Italian tour (Italian concert tour of a group of Aka Pygmies from the Central African Republic's rainforest).

Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
Page URL: http://www.pygmies.org/aka/music-dance.php

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Aka pygmy people live, is 19:40. It's night time. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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