Bayaka villagers dancing and singing, CAR

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Bayaka villagers dance and sing in the southern Central African Republic.

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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Typical Bayaka music is made from characteristic vocal techniques most commonly Jodel, a transferrence of voice from chest to head. The Bayaka use instruments such as cylindrical drums, flutes and musical bows, their songs and dances involving a lot of structured improvisation.

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