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The music of the Mongo people, who live in the equatorial forest, in the north-west of the current Democratic Republic of Congo, is very different in terms of style and function. Their music, which is related to all kinds of entertainment, to war, to misfortune, or epics, can also manifest itself as a lullaby, for the invocation of genies, or may be played during initiation rituals, healings or zebola exorcisms… The Kiti Na Mesa (“table and chairs”) ensemble, named after a group of women who abandoned mats under the influence of European furniture, wished to preserve this astoundingly rich repertoire, with its many instruments, including ngomo drums and boyeke rattles. Lou and Claude Flagel recorded the (male and female) musicians in the Espace Delvaux in Watermael-Boisfort in 1993.
Original booklet available below in English, French and Flemish.