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ECHOES
OF THE
FOREST

Music of the Central African Pygmies

$25

Released by Ellipsis Arts.

This CD is packaged in a beautiful 64 page full color hard-cover book.  Filled with pictures, cultural information, poems, musical insight and more!  I am sad to say that the company that originally put this out is no longer in business and this project is out of print. We have a few in stock and will offer it until it is no longer available.

The 18 tracks on the CD were recorded between the 50's and 90's by three people, Colin Turnbull, Jean-Pierre Hallet, and Louis Sarno.

For the Pygmies of the Ituri rainforest in Central Africa, music is as much a part of their lives as waking, eating and breathing; their vocal-based music resonating in exquisite harmony with the environment. Through the eyes and ears of three extraordinary men, Echoes of the Forest reveals an intimate portrait of perhaps the most musical people on earth.

Colin Turnbull's anthropological work in the late 50's and 60's revolutionized Western thinking about Pygmy culture. His field notes and recordings of Pygmy music are among the first and the finest.

Jean-Pierre Hallet grew up at the edge of the Ituri and befriended the Efe Pygmies as a child. Through The Pygmy Fund, he has helped them stand firm against forces encroaching upon their forest homeland.

New Jersey native Louis Serno heard a Pygmy song on the radio and his life changed forever. A one-way ticket took him to Central Africa where, ten years later, he still lives and records. In his own words: "They wanted to show me more than they usually show outsiders. In exchange, they demanded I give my life...I think it is a fair exchange."

tracks
Recorded by Colin Turnbull
1 Men's Elephant - Hunting Song
2 Girls' Echo Song
3 Peipa
(Girl's Initiation)
4 Honey-Gathering Song
5 Women's Wedding Song
6 Net-Hunting Song
Recorded by Jean-Pierre Hallet
7 Méli-é
8 Bow-Harp And Vocal
9 Ikobi
(Gathering Song-Version 1)
10 Ikobi
(Version 2)
11One-string Violin
12Lote
(notched flute)
13Sanza
(plucked Idiophone,
or 'thumb piano')
14Birth Celebration
Recorded by Louis Sarno
15Geedal
16Mangissa
17Ejengi Ceremony
18Makuse
(Music to bring luck
to a hunting camp)



$25

 


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