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Twenty-three years ago, a couple of UK musicians, Martin Cradick and his partner Su Hart, did something no-one else had done. They went into the forests of Cameroon in Central Africa, to meet, live with and record the music of the Baka Pygmy people.

Since then, they've worked to spread the Baka people's music and culture through their band, Baka Beyond.

They've also frequently returned to the forest to see the people and to return royalties earned by their music which assist Baka community development projects through their charity Global Music Exchange.

After 22 years of touring around the world Baka Beyond's live show has evolved over the years. The current show includes a multi-media element. Videos from the Cameroon rainforest are projected behind the band, cleverly synchronised with the live music so that the Baka become part of the live show.

It is best described in a review by Pete Taberner in the Bristol Post:

“Seeing and listening to their current live performance [Baka Beyond] transports you right into the life of the people whose music they celebrate.

“Projected onto a large oval screen behind the musicians scenes of forest life provide the perfect backdrop to the music.

“Gentle percussion and reedy sounds are used to evoke the dawn and the awakening insect and bird life. Vocalists Su and Ellie recreate the wordless sounds of the forest creatures.

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”. . . if you are not dancing, maybe you should have someone check your pulse.” ”The party atmosphere was irrepressible” Evening Standard

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Album After the Tempest by Baka Beyond

After the Tempest

March Hare Music
2015

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Album Beyond the Forest by Baka Beyond

Beyond the Forest

March Hare Music
2009

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Album Rhythm Tree by Baka Beyond

Rhythm Tree

March Hare Music
2005

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