Bulu Mvet with pumpkin resonators
1. Bulu Mvet player
African Pygmies   > Baka Pygmies   > Society

Neighboring Peoples

Bantu and Ubangians

(Rainforest of Camerun,
Gabon and Congo)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
Luis Devin - La Foresta ti ha
Soundscape: fragment of a Fang dance
from a small village in northern Gabon.
Bangandu huts made by mud bricks
Coro Fang religioso femminile
2. Bangandu mud huts along a forest road.
3. Coro femminile Fang, in una chiesa cattolica.
Slit-drum, or tam-tam, of the Fang of Gabon
4. Fang percussionist with
a large slit-drum, in a village
in the rainforest of Gabon.
Go to the page: Baka Pygmy ritual and
participation dances
Fang rattle-shaker
5. Fang cylindrical rattle,
played by a woman during
a church service.
Go to the page: Baka Pygmy music
and musical instruments
Bakota rite of circumcision (Gabon)
6. - 7. Bakota candidate to the circumcision rite,
together with her sister, during a ceremonial
dance (left). Bakota girl with painted face (right).
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Luis Devin with Fang musicians (slit-drums)
8. Study of rhythmic patterns performed
by Fang slit-drums, used to accompany
ritual dances or games.
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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 neighbors (Bantu and Ubangians), with photos and ethnographic notes (Rainforest of Camerun, Gabon and Congo).

Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
Page URL: http://www.pygmies.org/baka/neighboring-peoples.php

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka Pygmy people live, is 00:06. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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