MELODIES AND RHYTHYMS OF THE BABUDU: Track notes

1. – Simama (Swahili) "Arise!": Chorale chant accompanied by typical drum,s sung in Swahili with a slow, melodious rhythm.
2. – Mchezo ya usiku, "Night dance": Traditional Babudu dance performed at night around a bonfire. The dancers enter through the circle of spectators, the women wearing hats and a sheaf of banana leaves attached to their waists at the back. They dance wth small steps, their eyes on the ground and the movement of their hips sways the banana leaves. The men wearing loincloths and hats with feathers dance in the center. They may also have a stick hung at the waist in front which, with the dance motions moves and raises to simulate an erection (a moment in which we hear the cries of the audience). As the men dance they accompany the rhythm by stamping their feet on the ground, and the dance becomes faster and more frenetic until the dancer tires, leaves the circle, and another enters.
3. Tunafurahi leo (Swahili) "Today We Rejoice" A song of welcome with which a group of young people from the town greet someone important who has come to visit.
4. .Mabonza (Lingala) "Offering": Chorale sung in Lingala, a language with a much more rapid pace and beat than Swahili. Lingala is the language of the people who live along the middle region of the Congo River (which marks the frontier between the two Congos and the RCA). At the end is a vocal chorlae exercise for children who are beginning to learn music.
5. Mapendo (Swahili) "Love": A melodious song for group singing with percussion accompaniment.
6. Mama e mama, Swahili song
7. Ikeni, ikeni gaga (Kibudu) "Come, come quickly!" : A Tam Tam rhythm to call people to a gathering.
8. Mchezo (Swahili) Dance: Accompaniment for a single dancer or a duo.
9.- MAMARIA MAMA: A religious song in swahili, with a rich blend of voices and rhythm.
10. Tupumuzike (Swahili) "Let us Rest": A Tam Tam rhythm to accompany a dance, its slower style is intended as a musical interlude during a pause in the dancing.
11. Msikie (Swahili) "Listen!" (Calls of the Tam Tam): The start of every Tam Tam call. "Pay attentio!" In the middle there is also the call-to- meeting rhythm and at the end the keywords of the message are communicated through silent pauses and single drum beats.
12. Yenga (Swahilie) "Fiesta": A children's song, a short verse repeated in various musical tones, traditional among the Babudu.
13. Typical rhytn of the Bangala: Used by the MPR, the only (political) party, as a musical accompaniment to its actions.
14. Sifa (Swahili) "Glory": A religious song in Swahili, with a rich blend of voices and accompaniment.
15. Le Lo: A children's song
16. Traditional song in praise of a person: The person being praised may be a visiting official, the chief of a clan, or an individual who is hosting a party. The groups as they arrive sing, inserting the name of the person and saying (s)he is great, good, etc.
17. Tunacheza mugini (Swahili) "We dance in the village": Rhythm that accompanies group dances in which groups of men and women circle around the "floor" in a circle formed by all the dancers.
18. Tunakuta leo (Swahili) "Today We Come Together": Again we can hear the richness of voices in the Swahili songs.
19. Karibuni (Swahili) "Welcome!": Rhythm in a political spirit to welcome the authorities after gaining independence from Belgium.

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