Bakoya Pygmy drum
1. Open single-skin
cylindrical drum
with pierced base.

Music and Dances

Drummers, singers and dancers

(BaKoya Pygmies of Gabon)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
Luis Devin - La Foresta ti ha
Soundscape: polyphonic song recorded in a Bakoya village
in the rainforest of Gabon (Bakoya Pygmies of Gabon).
Bakoya pygmy dance
2. Itinerant female vocal group.
Go to the page: Bakoya women portraits
Bakoya Pygmies drummers
3. Young Bakoya musicians.
Bakoya Pygmy dancer
4. Bakoya woman improvising
a dance; in the background,
single-skin cylindrical drum.
Plastic idiophone drum of the Bakoya Pygmies
5. Young player of
idiophone drum made
with a plastic bucket
upside down on the ground.
Go to the page: New materials and
cultural contaminations
Pygmy singer (Bakoya / Bakola)
6. Painted woman singing
a song for a Bakota ritual.
Go to the page: Bakota circumcision rite
Children (Bakoya / Bakola Pygmies)
7. Bakoya children performing a participation dance.
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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Bakoya Pygmy music and dances, with photos and ethnographic notes (BaKoya Pygmies of Gabon).

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

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

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