Miko the Kitty
: Music and dance is an integral part of Baka culture. All important rituals are accompanied by music and dances and every part of the forest has its own particular type of dance and music usually performed by dancers who have undergone specific initiation rites.
For the Baka, " hunting is one of the most important activities, not only for its role in providing food... but above all for the symbolic meanings and the prestige traditionally attached to it (and) music is present ...from healing to initiation rituals, from traditional tales to group games like water drums, from hunting propitiating songs to entertainment moments. Not only is every basic moment in a (Baka's) life marked from birth till death by rituals where music and dance play an irreplaceable role, but daily life itself is often accompanied by musical events and attitudes..."
Loni, the woman who is heard singing at the top of the track, is singing yelli, a song sung by Baka women early in the morning. "The women get together before the dawn to sing, enchant the animals of the forest and ensure that the men's hunting will be successful. Song and dance are used by the Baka for healing, for rituals, for keeping the community together and also for pure fun!"
I hope you enjoy today this beautiful interpretation from the Baka people in Cameroon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cATZe_jlc9g