Music of the forest

September 8 2014

The story of Colin Turnbull. BBC Radio 4, with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Steven Feld, Roy Richard Grinker, Terese Hart. Producer Martin Williams. Broadcast August 26 and September 7.

Mbuti pygmy music, Congo, possibly a Turnbull recording; the point of this post is the radio documentary above, not this:

Cf Colin McPhee and, I suppose, Bruce Chatwin. And Wilfred Thesiger.

Appiah’s review, NYRB, November 16 2000, of Roy Richard Grinker, In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M Turnbull, New York, St Martin’s Press, 2000.

One Response to “Music of the forest”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    Turnbull’s writings about the Ik might have been taken by Toynbee, had he known them, as providing a kind of myth about what can happen to social relations in a beleaguered society.


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