Tamburo pigmeo Bedzan
1. Bedzan player
of open single-skin
cylindrical drum.

Music and Dances

Musical instruments,
players and dancers

(Bedzan Pygmies of Cameroon)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
.Luis Devin - Ai confini del gusto.
Soundscape: Bedzan dance with polyphonic chant
and single skin drum (Bedzan Pygmies of Cameroon).
Pygmy dancer (Bedzan-Tikar)
2. Dance of an elderly
Bedzan woman; in the
background, a basket for
transporting vegetables,
fruits and small animals.
Bedzan Pygmy dance
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3. Bedzan dance.
4. Bedzan women singing a poliphonic song.
Bedzan Pygmy drum
5. Bedzan man hitting
a single-skin drum for the
rhythmic accompaniment
of a dance.
Pygmy rattle
6. Bedzan rattle,
made according to
a non-pygmy model
(Tikar of Cameroon).
Bedzan Pygmy lamellophone
7. Bedzan lamellophone
(idiophone in board form,
with laced-on lamellae,
without resonator).
Dance of Bedzan/Tikar Pygmies
8. A Bedzan Pygmy 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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Bedzan Pygmy music and dances, with photos and ethnographic notes (Bedzan Pygmies of Cameroon).

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

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Bedzan Pygmy people live, is 21:21. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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