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Baka Beyond

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(1992 – present)

Baka Beyond is a world music group formed in 1992 with members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures, fusing Celtic and other western music styles with traditional Baka music from Cameroon.

It was in 1992 that musicians Su Hart and Martin Cradick (formerly of the group Outback) travelled to south-east Cameroon to live with the Baka tribe in their natural rainforest environment. During their time there they recorded music with the Baka people, and some was later released on their return to the UK on Baka Beyond’s first album, Spirit of the Forest. In the early days of the band, Baka Beyond consisted of English musicians trying to re-create the sound recorded with the Baka people and integrate it into their music, but it eventually grew to include musicians from Senegal, Brittany, Sierra Leone and Ghana.

Their 2009 album “Beyond the Forest” is arrangements of traditional Baka women’s songs recorded in the Cameroon rainforest and mixed in Martin Cradick’s studio in Bath.

Baka Beyond Live are musicians from 6 countries on the Celtic fringes of Europe and Central Africa coming together to play the most original live world fusion sound around. The spirit of the music lives in the rhythm. All Baka Beyond’s rhythms are played by human beings not machines!

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  • BJBooth

    I think the music is too intricate and sophisticated for the average audience which is why so few people know anything about them. Throw this on at a party or share it with others, the seed will grow

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • sipoflife

    I love this. Thank you Coursera! :)

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Mind_Plague

    popular tags: african, celtic. Oh.

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • DrCrabfingers

    ♥ I love this band♥

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • benneff

    Ahh-ooh-way.

    25 Jul 2010 Reply
  • FarmerAnita

    "All Baka Beyond's rhythms are played by human beings not machines!" the introduction on lastfm is nice.

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • mad_hatter99

    The new album "Beyond the Forest" is the best yet.

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Exoticman

    Meeting Pool!

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • TentTroll

    I love Baka Beyond, rhythm tree is such a good album!

    17 May 2009 Reply
  • betsyrm

    Totally agree with spacedmonkey! This is beautiful music.The reason more folks aren't listening to it is because it takes special people to be able to listen to and appreciate special music like this.

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • tapetedepadaria

    Oh, dear, I so wish I had the album Sogo!

    31 Oct 2008 Reply
  • spacedmonkeyz

    I'm really surprised that there isn't more people listning to this! I grew up with this and this is some of the best music ever.

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • oldmulespoon

    this is one of the greatest bunch of band mates ever. they've done so much work for the baka pygmies! their concerts are the best you could ever go to. sue hart makes you dance like you've never danced...and paddy~ oh paddy! i love this band.

    18 Apr 2008 Reply
  • schizodanny

    African Celtic music? Oh yes!

    14 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Pixieguts

    Love this music! xx

    2 Nov 2007 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    Good World Fusion!

    31 Aug 2007 Reply
  • gautam3

    amazing

    18 Apr 2007 Reply
  • modestalmond

    This is SUCH an original sound. I love it!!!

    4 Apr 2007 Reply

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