Baka Beyond 'Beyond The Stars'

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The haunting, mystical vocals on the album Baka Beyond’s forthcoming CD, “Beyond The Forest”, were recorded on a solar-powered 8-track machine in the middle of the Cameroon rainforest which has been inhabited by the Baka Pygmies, an ethnic group of hunter-gatherers, for thousands of years. At night time the Baka Pygmy women perform powerful ritual singing (“yelli”) to ensure a successful hunt.

Back in the UK, Baka Beyond leader Martin Cradick deconstructed the original interwoven vocal lines and replaced some voices with bass and acoustic guitar.  The result is a stunningly beautiful, unique, other-worldly album.  As well as offering a rare glimpse into an exquisite disappearing musical culture, buying this album also directly supports the Baka who face various problems such as being disenfranchised from the forest.

There will be a special album launch show taking place at Bush Hall in London on 8 May.
Also, please check out the EPK for some great footage from the recordings in Cameroon’s rainforest Click HERE

Baka Beyond are Martin Cradick (UK) – guitar; Nii Tagoe (Ghana) – balafon, percussion, drums; Kibisingo (Congo) – bass; Su Hart (UK) – vocals; Molara (UK/Nigeria) – vocals; Tim Robinson (UK) – drums; Paddy Le Mercier (France) – violin, whistle, bombarde.
Shows marked with an * feature a special 5-piece line-up (Martin, Nii, Kibisingo, Su, Molara), plus projections of the forest.

Baka Beyond will be on tour in the following places:
17 April  Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury* 01458 834677 http://www.assemblyrooms.org.uk/
19 April  Gasworks Studio, Bristol (Baka singing workshop with Su Hart) 07939 323585
7 May  The Junction, Cambridge 01223 511511 http://www.junction.co.uk/
8 May Bush Hall, London (album launch party) 08700 600 100 (ticket web http://www.bushhallmusic.co.uk/
9 May Folk on the Pier, Cromer, Norfolk 01263 512495 http://www.deckchairproductions.co.uk/
15 May  JuJu Club, The Red Room, Sheffield 0114 275 2027 http://www.jujuclub.co.uk/ http://www.myspace.com/sheffieldredroom
16 May  Bongo Club, Edinburgh 0131 558 7604 http://www.thebongoclub.co.uk/
20 May  Thekla, Bristol* 0117 929 3301 http://www.theklabristol.co.uk/
21 May  Mind Body Spirit Festival, London (trio gig 2pm, Baka singing workshop 4-8pm) 020 7371 9191 http://www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk/
22 May Wombwell Festival, Barnsley 01226 752901 http://freespace.virgin.net/wath.folk/page3.html
23 May Princess Pavillion, Falmouth 01326 211 222 http://www.carrickleisureservices.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=15726
24 May  Acoustic Festival of Britain, Catton Hall Park, Derbyshire 0871 424 4444 (ticket line) http://www.acousticfestival.co.uk/
27 May  The Spiegel Tent, Bath Fringe Festival* 01225 463362 http://www.bathfringe.co.uk
28 May  The Globe, Hay-on-Wye* 01497 821762 http://www.theglobeathay.co.uk/ 29 May  Queen’s Hall, Narberth* 01834 861212 http://www.thequeenshall.org.uk/

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