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7.Traditional Music of the Kongo-Mbata

Volume 7 in the series Anthologie de la musique congolaise - RDC

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The Mbata, like the Hungu, the Mpemba, the Nsundi, the Mbamba, the Sorongo and the Mpangu, belong to the great kingdom of Kongo. The Mbata territory is located in the western part of central Africa – its capital is Mbanza Kongo – and today stretches across three countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and the Republic of Congo.
In the 15th century, the Mbata territory was a province of the kingdom. Each province was divided into districts headed by extended royal family members who, assisted by representatives of ritual practices exercised authority over a certain number of villages.

The kingdom of Kongo dit not come into contact with Europeans until the late 15th century: Portuguese influence in the kingdom at military, economic and religious levels remainded very strong.

Music

The most striking and best known musical group in the musical culture of the Kongo is the masikulu ensemble. Even though the ensemble’s music is distinguished by the mpungi horns, it takes its name from the masikulu drums.

Content
1. Masikulu ensemble
2. Mourning song
3. Palaver song
4. Ngiele yemau : Ntandu dance
5. yayi nkamaba yi ngonla :  Nswanga dance
6. Zoba di senza mfunbu

7. Nkenge 1 : story-telling
8. Nkenge 2 : story-telling
9.  Nganga ngombo dance
10. Ngolokole
11-12.  Nkita ritual
13. Song for twins

  audioclip from the cd "Music of the Kongo-Mbata" (mp3 / 42 sec - 666 kb)



- In co-edition with Fonti Musicali. 
- Recordings : B. Quersin & Ludiongo, 1974
- Accompanied by a booklet in French, Dutch and English containing photos and explanatory notes on each song.
- Available at the Museum Shop or to be ordered online at the price of 15 €.
- For more information, contact the Publications Service at publications@africamuseum.be or call  (+32) (0)2 769 52 08.

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