Thursday, April 26, 2012

Traditional & Liturgical Music Of The Northwest Region Of The Cameroons

Edited by Azizi Powell

Corpus Christi Procession Bayelle Parish Nov. 21st 2010

This post showcases three videos of the traditional and liturgical music scene in the North West Region of the Republic of the Cameroons, West Africa. These videos are re-posted from YouTube with permission of their videographer, Dr. Emmanuel Anyangwe Ngassa. Here is Dr. Ngassa's reply on April 25, 2012 to my recent request to embed these videos in this Pancocojams post:

"I write to thank you very much for the interest shown to some of my work. I come from the Republic of Cameroon and I live and work in Germany. I started my video postings on Youtube because I saw a chance to make the rich and heterogeneous traditional and liturgical music scene in the North West Region of my country known to the world. Whenever I travel to Cameroon I carry along my video camera and shoot as many videos as possible which I later edit before posting them on the web. Your work is complementary to mine and I hereby give you the permission for the three videos as requested to be embedded on your blog in due respect of the international regulations for copyrights. This permission is revocable at any time...

I just returned from another trip to Cameroon and I have brought along some new footages which I will be uploading in due course.

May God bless you"

The content of this post is presented for educational, historical, folkloric, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes. The copyrights remain with their owners.

My thanks to the performers, musicians, and the video producer & uploader of these featured videos, Dr. Emmanuel Anyangwe Ngassa. Thanks also to the authors of the information quoted in this post.

The Northwest Province (since 2008 known as the Northwest Region) is the third most populated province in Cameroon. It has one major metropolitan city: Bamenda with several other smaller towns such as Wum, Kumbo, Mbengwi, Ndop, Nkambé, Batibo, Bambui and Oshie...

The population of the North-West Province is a conglomerate of many ethnic groups, comprising the native population and a significant proportion of immigrants from other provinces and from foreign countries, particularly Nigeria, with whom the province shares boundaries in the North and North-West. The native population comprises a variety of ethnolinguistic groups. However, the main ethnic groups are: Tikari, Widikum, Fulani, and Moghamo. The main languages spoken in the province include Mungaka, Bafmen, Oku, Lamnso, Ngemba, Pidgin English, Balikumbat,Papiakum, Moghamo, and Nkom. Colonial masters created administrative boundaries that cut across ethnic groups and cultures. As a result, parts of some ethnic groups now lie in different divisions and provinces. This is believed to be the cause of many land conflicts.

In the province, the social organisation recognises at its head a chief, also called the Fon. The Fons, who sometimes in their tribal area may be more influential than administrative authorities, are enthroned as the living representative of the ancestors.

Video #1: Corpus Christi Procession Bayelle Parish Nov. 21st 2010

This video is presented at the top of this page.

"MANUNGA STUDIO invites you to a medley of christian songs melodically demonstrated by the Christians of the Bayelle Catholic Parish on November 21st 2010 during the procession of Corpus Christi. This film demonstrates the harmonious co-existence of different tribes and languages in Cameroon here examplerary showed by the Bayelle parishoners.All the songs and dances honour and praise Jesus Christ as the King."

Video #2: The Fon's Dance from Tabenken, Cameroon
The Fon's Dance from Tabenken, Cameroon

Uploaded by GhanaStreet on Dec 11, 2010

During the Corpus christi procession of November 21st 2010 at the Catholic Parish Bayelle in Bamenda in Cameroon a traditional dance group from TABENKEN in Donga Mantung Division of the North West Province performed the Fon's Dance. MANUNGA STUDIO presents some highlights here.

Video #3: Menang Juju Dance from Bafut Part 2

Uploaded by GhanaStreet on Feb 4, 2011

MANUNGA STUDIO presents the menang dance from the Kingdom of Bafut in the North West Province of Cameroon. This dance was performed on 28th December 2007 during a Cry die (Memorial Service) held at Small Babanki (Babanki Tungo) in Ngoketunja Division.

Click for Part I of this video.

Also, click for information about Kingdom of Bafut and the Fon of Bafut.

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