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Who lives down in Deepest, Darkest, Africa?
— First verse in the opening to Kimba the White Lion

" Then I saw the Congo, creeping through the black
Cutting through the jungle with a golden track...
Listen to the creepy proclamation
Blown past the lairs of the forest-nation
Blown past the white-ant's hill of clay
Blown past the marsh where the butterflies play
'Be careful what you do, or
Mumbo-Jumbo, God of the Congo
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And all of the other
Gods of the Congo
Mumbo-Jumbo will Hoo-Doo you
Mumbo-Jumbo will Hoo-Doo you
Mumbo-Jumbo will... Hoo...Doo... you...' "
— Vachel Lindsay, "The Congo, A Study of the Negro Race"

"Bongo bongo bongo I don't wanna leave the Congo oh nonononono! Bingo bango bungo I'm so hop-py in the jungle I refuse to go..."
The Andrews Sisters featuring Danny Kaye, "Fallout Civilization"

Over weary wastes of veldt and jungle, the drums bring you a story of Africa.
Africa, that land of mystery and ritual, ebony bodies, witch doctors, and sudden death.
— Intro to Moon Over Africa

There are of course no Africans in this movie. (The opening song promises us a paradise unspoiled by man.) This may be just as well. The Tarzan myth doesn't take place in Africa so much as in a kind of archetypal wilderness occupied only by its own characters.
Roger Ebert, review of Disney's Tarzan
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