Chants et danses des pygmées Aka du Congo

Ndima DR - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Ndima DR
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Ndima DR


A musical journey into the heart of the equatorial forest to discover the indigenous Aka peoples and their threatened way of life.


Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May 2014

  • A performance by the Maison des Cultures du Monde, as part of the Festival de l’Imaginaire

Ndima, meaning “the Forest”, is an original ensemble from the north of Congo-Brazzaville. In collaboration with the Congolese ethnologist Sorel Eta, the ensemble is dedicated to promoting Aka cultural heritage through public performances, encounters and events. Primarily vocal, this music gives “the impression of an extraordinary interweaving of voices and vocal timbres,” in the words of ethnomusicologist Simha Arom. Mixing polyphonic yodels, songs accompanied by drum, flute, harp-zither or mouthbow (also used for hunting) and recreational dances, this repertoire plays a part in the significant moments in the lives of the Aka peoples: the hunt, the honey harvest, the initiation and the cult of the ancestors. A unique opportunity to discover a fragile, yet strikingly beautiful, musical world.

Practical information



  • Saturday May 24th at 6 pm
  • Sunday May 25th at 5 pm
  • Schools performance: Friday May 23rd at 2 pm


  • 20 € (full price) /15 € (reduced price)
  • Schools performance: 5 € per pupil, free for teachers and accompanying adultes


  • At the musée du quai Branly: +33 (0)1 56 61 71 72, Monday to Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • At the Maison des Cultures du Monde (from February 2014): +33 (0)1 45 44 72 30, - Monday to Friday 2:30 pm to 6 pm and at
  • Or on the  fnac website
  • For school visitors: reservations at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, +33 (0)1 45 44 72 30 (5 € per pupil, free for teachers and accompanying adults)

related events

Lecture and demonstration: Discovering Aka polyphonies

Ethnomusicologist Simha Arom, with support from Ndima, reveals the principles underpinning the structure of these magnificent polyphonies.

  • Saturday May 24th at 3 pm
  • In the Claude Lévi-Strauss Theater
  • Free entry subject to availability