20061005

 

ROC: Music as an advocacy medium

Excerpt: "...produced with funding from UNESCO, the debut CD includes 10 tracks by pygmy band Ndima from the Republic of Congo, one of a few countries in central Africa where tribes of pygmies cling on to their traditional way of life. "This disc aims to promote the culture of a people threatened with extinction," said Sorel Eta, who coordinated recording on behalf of the Association for Respect for Pygmies. The group uses traditional instruments such as animal horns, stretched jungle creepers, wooden hide drums and pipes made from bamboo and tree trunks. They sing about the difficulties of day-to-day life in the jungle, but also the pleasures of hunting and fishing and their desire to preserve their ancient way of life..."

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