1. Arched harp player
in front of a hut.
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Music and Musical Instruments

(Baka Pygmies of Cameroon,
Gabon and Congo)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
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Soundscape: Baka arched harp. In the background, sounds
and voices of a rainforest camp (Pigmei Baka del Camerun).
2. Making of a woven
plant fiber rattle.
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3. Player of a
harp-zither with
central bridge.
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4. Drummer accompanying
a dance with an open
single-skin cylindrical drum.
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5. Single-skin drum player.
6. Water drums in a river.
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7. Study of the
Baka arched harp.
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8. A group of women performing propitiatory musical
rites for the hunt, during the departure of the hunters.
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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.

Baka Pygmy music and musical instruments, with photos and ethnographic notes (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo).

Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka pygmy people live, is 08:36. It's day time. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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