Songs and music from Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi.
Accompanied by an index to tribes, locations and song types; lacks specific item concordance.
Deposited at the Archives of Traditional Music by Alan Merriam in 1966; option 1.
OT 6550--6625; EC 1421--1496 (copies)
Various unidentified performers.
Statement of Responsibility
collected by Alan P. and Barbara W. Merriam.
Pt. 1. Eastern Congo. Bashi serenade, social, marriage, children's, war, market, work, drinking, herding, ceremonial, milking, and political songs and instrumental music. Bahema social, drinking, and cattle songs and instrumental music. Bakoga instrumental music -- Pt. 2. Western Congo. Bangala and Bakonga social songs -- Pt. 3. Rwanda. Bahima herding, praise, social, boasting, marriage, and greeting songs and instrumental music. Abatutsi royal drums of the Mwami and of the Queen Mother. Social, marriage, children₋s, war, market, work, drinking, cattle, boasting and political songs and instrumental music of the Bahutu, Batwa, Bakiga, Abahororo, Abanyambo, Abayovu, Abagogwe and Abagoyi people -- Pt. 4. Burundi. "Same song types as for Rwanda with minor variations" --
Pt. 5. Ituri Forest. Bambuti elephant hunting, rejoicing, social, ceremonial, porters', prisoners', traveling, and initiation songs and instrumental music -- Pt. 6. West Central Congo. Ekonda and Batua twins, sorcerer, dance, death, lullaby, social, paddlers', work, porters', spirit, ceremonial, boasting, and political songs and instrumental music.
Recorded in eastern, west central and Ituri Forest areas of the Congo [Zaire], and Ruanda-Urundi from Sept. 20, 1951 to May 3, 1952 by the Merriams.