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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.