> Palace and secret societies music
1 CD W 260074 SC848
RECORDINGS, PIERRE BOIS & HABIB TOUMA - LINER NOTES, ABOUBAKAR NJIASSÉ NJOYA & PIERRE BOIS.
© MCM 1997
Musicians from the Foumban Palace led by prince Aboubakar Njiassé Njoya.
Music is very important for the Bamum people. The repertoire, instruments and performances are linked to every aspect of the life and history of the kingdom. Much of the instruments and repertoires were appropriated from the various populations conquered by the Bamum; the secret societies play specific instruments which are their emblems; each major political event requires the presence of specific musical pieces. The result is an extraordinary diversity of genres and repertories performed on horns, oboe, whistles in hocket, kazoo, lamellaphones, pluriarc, harp-zither, bells and double-bells, drums, rattles and scrappers.