Baka Pygmy harched harp
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).
Pygmy rattle made of plant fibers
2. Making of a woven
plant fiber rattle.
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Harp-zither of the Baka Pygmies
3. Player of a
harp-zither with
central bridge.
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Pygmy drum (single-skin cylindrical drum)
4. Drummer accompanying
a dance with an open
single-skin cylindrical drum.
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Pygmy drummer with a single-skin drum
Baka Pygmy water drums in a rainforest river
5. Single-skin drum player.
6. Water drums in a river.
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Luis Devin playing a pygmy harp
7. Study of the
Baka arched harp.
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photographic diary
with soundscapes
Polyphonic songs of the Baka Pygmies for a propitiatory rite
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 12:49. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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