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.
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.
Gabon's autochthonous Abongo hunter-gatherers and their Mitshogo farming neighbours map their ancestral territory in this engaging documentary produced for Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) and Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
Leonard Odambo, head of leading Gabonese indigenous peoples organisation MINAPYGA, talks about how participatory mapping is helping marginalised indigenous peoples to produce evidence of their traditional lands and resources in order to effectively engage in debates about how the forest should be managed.