Baka in the Forest

by Orchéstre Baka Gbiné

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Thousands of years of surviving by hunting large animals in the rainforests of the Congo basin depended on powerful night-time ritual singing ("Yelli") by Baka Pygmy women.

The group of five mothers and sisters heard here create a delicate and skillful weave of sound, whose individual threads can be followed and enjoyed.

Contrasting with the communal singing are some exquisite tracks of solo forest yodelling, extraordinary for their combination of relaxation and precision.

Water drumming (liquindi) and gentle forest-made stringed instruments (ngombi and ieta) are also heard against the ambient songs of the nighttime insects.

20 years of visiting the same extended family, playing music together and developing trust and friendship, have made these unique recordings possible.

A rare glimpse into an exquisite disappearing musical culture.

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released April 28, 2009

voices and percussion: Loni Julienne. Mbelli Julienne, Mbundo Jeanette, Mbongi Marie, Yenga Hélène.
ngombi na péké and voice: Bounaka Théophile
ieta: Sakanda Fidèl
liquindi: Lekeweh Marceline, Megoumella Marie.

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Orchéstre Baka Gbiné Moloundou, Cameroon

Orchéstre Baka Gbiné are Baka musicians from the Cameroon-Congo border, deep in the rainforest.

Using guitars, percussion, voices and dance they play modern songs heavily influenced by both their traditional music and the Congolese music they hear on the radio.

In 2004 & 2005 Martin Cradick of Baka Beyond set up a studio in the rainforest and recorded the album, Gati Bongo.
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