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Musiques aka et baka : une parenté de référence

Abstract : From a musical point of view, the Aka and Baka are probably most closely related among all actually known Pygmy cultures. Following the research perspective initiated by Jacqueline M.C. Thomas and Serge Bahuchet in the domain of ethnolinguistics and ethno-ecology, the present article is to complete the knowledge of this relationship by musical data. It will handle with repertoires and their context, with musical instruments, singing techniques and their names, as well as with the main parameters of music systematics. The present article consolidates the hypothesis of a common *Baakaa origin of the Aka and Baka by presenting the main markers of a musical "Pygmy" identity. Still, it also brings to evidence that, inspite of a comparable way of life, these related societies develop different strategies of linking the musical and the ritual systems. These differences testify both of a continued migration after the separation of the two groups and of their cultural individuation through a quite varied use of the same musical principles and materials.
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Susanne Fürniss. Musiques aka et baka : une parenté de référence. Journal des Africanistes, Société des Africanistes, 2012, Identités 'pygmées' dans un monde qui change : questions et recherches actuelles, 82 (1-2), pp.107-136. ⟨halshs-03286628⟩



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