Education: Boomlay

When John F. Carrington of the Baptist Missionary Society of London reached his new post in the Belgian Congo 14 years ago, one thing struck him especially: though there was neither telephone nor telegraph around, everyone in the village seemed to know exactly when he and his wife would arrive. The experience so impressed him that Carrington embarked on a second career of his own. Today he is the world's top white expert on the language of the Congo drums.

Last week TIME Correspondent Israel Shenker found Carrington at Yalemba, a jungle outpost in the Congo. There Carrington and his wife run...

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