Father Bernard van den Boom s.v.d., a Dutch missionary, formed the group "Les Petits Chanteurs et Danseurs de Kenge" in October, 1964. At the time, the choir was made up of between 65 and 75 African schoolboys, most of whom lived outside Kenge in jungle villages and were, therefore, in constant contact with their own tribes and tribal traditions. Very often, they brought with them to school songs from their villages - many of them traditional songs with roots deep in the history of Africa - or they may have composed songs of their own on their long journeys to school - journeys sometimes as long as 50 kilometres. The boys had a wonderfully developed feeling for music and their rhythmic sense was quite astonishing. Their tribes, in fact, were happy people and all the joy they found in life was reflected in their music.
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