Program #213

The hauntingly intricate music of the African pygmies has been an inspiration to many Western artists, including Meredith Monk, the Dave Holland Trio, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno, and others. In this January 24, 1989 edition of New Sounds, John presented a sampling of these works along with original field recordings from pygmy villages. Many of these are rare finds - the kind of recordings found only on LP anthologies nestled in academic libraries (and collected by the Nonesuch label on their "Explorer" series during the 1970s).

PROGRAM #213 Music Inspired by the Ba-Benzele Pygmies (First aired: 1/24/89)





Anthology of African Music: Ba-Benzele Pygmies

"Song of Rejoicing" {4:00}

Barenreiter BM30L 2303. German import. Out of print. A similar collection, with a song of rejoicing was issued on Rounder Records in 1998, ROUN5107

Paul Dresher

private tape

"Pygmy Vocal Music" excerpt {3:00}

Info at Or write to MinMax Music/Paul Dresher Ensemble 333 Valencia Street, Suite 301 San Francisco, CA 94103

Jon Hassell/Brian Eno

Possible Musics

"Ba-Benzele" {6:00}

EG #EGS-107. Available for purchase at*

Anthologie de la Musiques des Pygmees Aka

"Lullaby (Mo Boma)" {2:00}

Ocora LP 558526/7/8
Out of print.

Meredith Monk

Book of Days

"Travelling" {4:30}

ECM # 1399

Francis Bebey


"Bissau" {3:00}

Original Music #105.
Available for purchase at*

Dave Holland Trio


"African Lullaby" {3:00}

ECM #1373

Centrafrique: Musique Gbaya

"Piere" {6:30}

Ocora #558-524.
Available at this Greek site:

Bengt Berger

Bitter Funeral Beer

"Tongsi" {5:00} "Funeral Dance" excerpt {6:30}

ECM #1179.

Neil B. Rolnick


"Ever-Livin' Rhythm" {2:30}

1750 Arch #5-1793. Out of print, but try: