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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
19 April  Gasworks Studio, Bristol (Baka singing workshop with Su Hart) 07939 323585
7 May  The Junction, Cambridge 01223 511511
8 May Bush Hall, London (album launch party) 08700 600 100 (ticket web
9 May Folk on the Pier, Cromer, Norfolk 01263 512495
15 May  JuJu Club, The Red Room, Sheffield 0114 275 2027
16 May  Bongo Club, Edinburgh 0131 558 7604
20 May  Thekla, Bristol* 0117 929 3301
21 May  Mind Body Spirit Festival, London (trio gig 2pm, Baka singing workshop 4-8pm) 020 7371 9191
22 May Wombwell Festival, Barnsley 01226 752901
23 May Princess Pavillion, Falmouth 01326 211 222
24 May  Acoustic Festival of Britain, Catton Hall Park, Derbyshire 0871 424 4444 (ticket line)
27 May  The Spiegel Tent, Bath Fringe Festival* 01225 463362
28 May  The Globe, Hay-on-Wye* 01497 821762 29 May  Queen’s Hall, Narberth* 01834 861212