Various Artists

Upper Uele: Mangbetu

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The Mangbetu of northeastern Zaire have a highly original and varied musical culture built on interaction with widely differing local groups. Though percussion is central, their horn bands, their thumb-piano and harp music and their singing are all choice. But what puts the cap on many of these tracks is a lively sense of the people behind the sounds: laughter, apparent badinage, life happening.