| Colin Turnbull
recording Mbuti language and music, 1953. Courtesy of the Avery
Research Center. Patrice Lumumba handed the thumb piano to Turnbull,
and when Turnbull had retuned it and started playing, Lumumba burst
into guffaws of laughter: "That's how the Pygmies play it!"
Turnbull in the Ituri Forest, 1951. Photographer unknown. Courtesy
of the Avery Research Center. "(The song of the forest)
echoes on and on, and it will still be there when our short lives
are silences...until perhaps like us, it comes to rest in the deepest
distance of some other world beyond...the dream world that is so
real to the people of the forest."
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