Music and Dance of the BaAka

The essence of the BaAka culture, that has been preserved over the millennia, is mainly expressed in music and dance, serving to maintain their bonds with their gods, spirits and ancestors. Language could not fulfil this task so well as it was exposed to many changes: instead of developing their own language the BaAka often used the same language as their neighbours who were of Bantu origin. This facilitated their link to the outside world and to other groups of the population, but also caused many modifications in language whenever the neighbours changed. Music and dance, however, have always been an expression of genuine BaAka feelings and imagination.

Each singer and percussionist chooses his or her own rhythm resulting in a wonderful array of harmony. This universe of movement, rhythm and sound is very difficult to describe, you have to experience it for real.