Pygmy water drums in Central Africa
1. Water drums
in a rainforest lake.
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Water Drums

(Baka Pygmies of Cameroon,
Gabon and Congo)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
.Luis Devin - Ai confini del gusto.
Soundscape: flowing river in the African rainforest.
Water drums of the Baka pygmies
Pygmy water drums played by children
2. Baka girls performing
water drums in a river.
3. Learnig water drums.
Pygmy children playen water drums
4. Baka children learnig
water drums in a
rainforest river.
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Pygmy water drums in Central Africa
5. A break during a
performance of water drums
by the Baka Pygmies
in a forest stream.
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Luis Devin studying the water drums of the Baka Pygmies
6. Luis Devin with Baka women and children
in the water of a river, to study the playing
techniques and poly rhythmic patterns of water drums.
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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 water drums, 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 12:48. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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