7 June 2018


This is a recording made of two guys playing sanzas (thumb pianos) in the evening outside the place they are serving as security guards for. There are no professional musicians in Gbáyá society. All Gbáyá people participate in communal singing and dancing and play various instruments from when a young age. (Yale Evelev)

Simply great music IMHO.....

Musique D'Ensemble / Ensemble Music

A1. Piéré  6:36

Joseph Samba, small mbira
Étienne Ngbozo, large mbira, voice
Unknown Artist, rattle, sticks
Daniel Ngadike, Raymond Doko, Robert Tarapai, voice

A2. Naa-Koré     6:51
A3. Naa-Bua    11:14

David, sanza
Étienne Doko, sanza
Unknown Artist, rattle, sticks
Martine Senouane, Pascal Minang, Raymond Doko, Étienne Doko, voice

Musique De Solistes / Music By Soloists

B1. Daïte 4:07
B2. Naa-Yanga 4:01

Martin Kayo, vocals

B3. Fara Ko Kumanda  14:12

Étienne Doko, sanzas, voice
Unknown Artist, rattles, sticks
Pascal Minang, voice

B4. Naa Ndongoé 5:07

Étienne Doko, small sanzas, voice
Étienne Ngbozo, small sanzas, voice
Unknown Artist, rattle, sticks

Track A1 recorded in Ndongué, March 9, 1977
track A2 recorded in Ndongué, March 31, 1977
track A3 recorded in Galo, Feb. 19, 1977
track B1 recorded in Kpokorta, March 11, 1977
track B3 recorded in Galo, Feb. 20, 1977
track B4 recorded in Ndongué, Feb. 17, 1977

The Gbaya are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Central African empire and occupy a vast area on both sides of the Cameroun border. Here we present the music of a Gbaya Bodoé village, Ndongué, 45 miles southwest of Bouar.

OCORA 558 524  (vinyl rip)


Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...


sotise said...

lovely ... thanks Ernst!!!

correct silence said...

One of the many Ocora out of print and surely that will never be reissued again, due to the current political attitude about the french public radio service. When will we take the power and send them all out?

Unknown said...

Dear,Ernstn!!! Rar pack doesn't work. Pleaese reuapload if you can.

BT said...

Thank-you very much

Abu Adam said...

Thank you for this beautiful album.

Nick s said...

This is pretty far from my usual listening. It is also pretty amazing music. Thank you.

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Here is a zip file > 1fichier

bhowani said...

Thank you so much, Ernst !

Nick said...

Wonderful. Thank you so much for posting this, Ernst!


Ah! I used to have a copy of this on a cassette from Cardiff library (1980s)... timeless beauty so glad to have it back!

francisco santos said...


Ricarditoj said...

One of my favorite, fabulous music ! I can share in a few days the vol.2 of this Gbaya music if interested (https://www.discogs.com/fr/Gb%C3%A1y%C3%A1-Centrafrique-Musique-Gbaya-Chants-Penser-2/release/8429127)

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Oh yes - please post your volume 2! I'm very much interested.
Thanks in advance, Ricarditoj.

Unknown said...

please, please post your volume 2!
cheers thomas

Ricarditoj said...

Musique Gbaya Musique à penser 2

I can share another Ocora gem on Burundi music with some whispered songs that I find wonderful (https://www.discogs.com/fr/Various-Burundi-Musiques-Traditionnelles/release/1857526).

Bender said...

Thanks to you both!

Ricarditoj said...

As promised here is the link on Ocora gem on Burundi music. Enjoy!


corvimax said...

wonderful, one of the more listened recently, many thanks
and to Ricarditoj also for his contributions

Guitarradeplastico,scraping oddities said...


Brewing Luminous said...

Thank you!