The Forest Is Ours! - Video

by Orchéstre Baka Gbiné

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    A song of freedom by Baka Gbiné. Includes a download of the HD video of the song.
    All proceeds go to The Forest Voices Tour
    http://www.forestvoices.com
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    In March 2014, Global Music Exchange (GME) organized a unique tour, bringing different Baka communities together and raising their self- esteem.
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    The Baka People are Indigenous Pygmy hunter-gatherers living in the rainforests of the Congo basin. They are amazing musicians and carry the knowledge of an egalitarian forest culture into the 21st Century.
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    WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
    Due to the logging and mineral riches of their forest home they are being pressurised to leave and live in roadside villages where they face ruthless discrimination and abuse.
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    WHAT IS GLOBAL MUSIC EXCHANGE?
    Named “One Heart” by the Baka women, Global Music Exchange (GME) is a UK based charity run by musicians and formed to preserve,
    help and encourage the Baka’s rich musical culture
    and unique forest lifestyle.
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    WHAT HAVE WE DONE?
    Over the last 22 years GME has created a Baka Association, built a Music House and helped set up medical, educational, agricultural and clean water projects, all mainly funded by recordings of the Baka music that we have made.
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    WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
    THE FOREST VOICES TOUR
    - On the pilot tour in March 2014 we showed that The Forest Voices Tour both raised the Baka’s self-esteem and gave them a voice. Help us reach more communities in 2015 and download this video.
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released 11 November 2014

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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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Track Name: La Forêt C'est Pour Nous (The Forest is Ours)
Nous sommes Les Baka
Les peuples de la forêt
Nous sommes Les Baka
Les peuples de la forêt
La for^t c'est pour nous
La forêt
La chasse c'est pour nous
La chasse
La pêche c'est pour nous
La pêche
la quaiette c'est pour nous
La quaiette

Nganga né lé Baka lé kumba eya belle

(We are the Baka
The people of the forest
The forest is ours
The hunting is ours
The fishing is ours
The gathering is ours

We are the Baka
the guardians of the Forest)