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Baka Beyond & Baka Gbine, Baka Live

In April and May 2006 seven Baka Pygmy musicians made a historic visit to the UK to tour with Baka Beyond. For most of them it was their first journey outside their rainforest home and for all of them their first trip outside Africa. Their remarkable performances were captured on a digital multitrack and here is the record of this unique tour. A decade ago, Martin & Su Cradick set off for the Cameroon rain forest and brought back exquisite recordings of the music of the Baka people (The Heart of the Forest). In 2005, they took their remarkable skills in energizing and documenting traditional African cultures to the Rift Valley of Southern Ethiopia. The result is a stunning collection of tribal music, assembled for its excitement and its beauty rather than its documentary value to scholars. The work they do resembles no other; they are fast becoming one of the developing world's great cultural assets. Musicians from 6 countries in the Celtic fringes of Europe and the West coast of Africa join together to play the most original live world fusion sound around. The spirit of the music lives in the rhythm.