Various Artists

Rituals of the Oubangui Gbanzili and Mbugu

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This collection draws on field recordings done by Vincent Dehoux in the Central African Republic and archived at the French Museum of Natural History. Most of the tracks are fairly long, editing together several different Gbanzili chants. The sound is decent, given the circumstances. The shortest cut here is the Mbugu one, "Orchestra de Trompes," which is a delightful three minutes plus of casual chaos featuring bleating horns and unison shouts that wouldn't seem out of place on a Tom Waits record.

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