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The Belgian Congo Records were made by the adventurer and filmmaker
Armand Denis during his 1934-35 cross-Africa expedition. They
were among the first recordings made of the sounds of the central
Congo. The Babiara people, whose songs may be heard by clicking
on the speaker icons at right, are one of the four main tribal
groups who occupy the Ituri Forest. For more recordings, advance
through the selection by clicking on the arrow to the left of
the movie camera icon. The video clip, activated by clicking
on movie camera icon, shows a traditional Mangbetu dance. The
film, made by Harcourt Films Ltd in 1989, was part of the American
Museum of Natural History's "African Reflections" exhibit.