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Bayaka people hunting in the forest
Bayaka people hunting in the forest

The Bayaka people are hunter-gatherers, living in a close relationship with the rainforest. This video shows the method by which communities hunt with nets to catch small ground-dwelling mammals. The video shows the capture of a small deer called a duiker (Cephalophus spp.), almost all of which are currently Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

 

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Bayaka villagers dancing and singing, CAR
Bayaka villagers dancing and singing, CAR

The Bayaka live in southwestern Central African Republic and northern Congo and are a distinct ethnic group from the Baka. Their music is complex and polyphonic, and forms an integral part of their way of life; songs and dances are not confined to entertainment or rituals, but also as part of hunting, games, stories, and various other aspects of daily life.


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Music of Ikobé
Music of Ikobé

Forest dwelling communities in Gabon, particularly indignous 'Pygmy' groups such as the Babongo are renowned for their rich cultural and musical heritage. Such groups often play a central role in rituals and other initiation ceremonies.

 

 

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Samuel Mapedi, Sitar Player
Samuel Mapedi, Sitar Player

This video is of local musician Samuel Mapedi from Ikobé playing the 'Sitar', an instrument similar to the Harp which can be often be heard in rural villages throughout Gabon and the region.

 

 

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Children singing, Ollombo
Children singing, Ollombo

While their parents are busy participating in a soil mapping exercise, children in Ollombo province entertain themselves with a song and dance.




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