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March 12th 2010

We're back from Cameroon where we successfully put on a Festival in Limbe on the Atlantic coast. It really was "The Town of Friendship" as it says as you enter.
Videos of the festival are up on the Baka Beyond YouTube Channel

We are ready now to do some 5-piece Baka Beyond gigs. Check out the gigs page.

You can read a review from last years Quintet show in Stroud HERE
Listen to some of the tracks from that gig HERE

We will be performing as the full 7-piece lineup in California, USA and will be performing another "EXTRAVAGANZA" concert (Like last year's Komedia gig) at the Frome Festival in July.

We were to be performing as the full band at the Black Horse Festival in Kent in May, but we've just heard that they haven't been given a licence! What's happening to this country?

BAKA CAMPS

After the success of last year's Baka Camp we will be doing 2 this summer. More details HERE


October 12th 2009

Here's another track for you to listen to/download:
Adukbé


October 9th 2009

Just back from USA. Here's Su singinging some yelli from Sebastopol World Celtic Festival for you to listen to/download:
YELLI
And here's the encore from the same concert: Imbayé


September 24th 2009

Baka Beyond is featured this week on Mondomix


An mp3 download site based in France with an eclectic mix of world and roots music.
Check them out.


September 13th 2009

Baka Beyond is now on Twitter

We'll try to keep this up to date with bits of news about the band and projects we're involved in.


August 8th 2009

Interview with Martin cradick

The Cameroonian blogspot Dulce Camer has posted a recent interview with Martin Cradick.

You can read the blog HERE


July 28th 2009

Big Green Gathering

Unfortunately the Big Green Gathering was served with a court injunction and won't be happening this year, so we won't be playing. Great shame as its a beautiful, peaceful festival. I thought the British authorities had grown out of this behaviour - obviously not!

More information on their website


June 9th 2009

Baka Culture Camp

We would like to invite you to a Baka Culture Camp 3rd-5th July to be held near Gloucester in a beautiful orchard. We felt ready to do an in depth gathering to share more of our lives with the Baka. After 18 years the Baka also feel we are ready and the women have asked Su to teach their timeless magical singing which they do to bring the abundance of life to their people.


May 4th 2009

Baka Beyond the Forest released today - listen   -   see artwork

It's been nominated "Top of the World" by Songlines magazine and has had some great reviews. Here are some:
The Scotsman
Fly Global
Godwana Sound
It's available on iTunes, Amazon, our own online store or order it from your local store.

We are gigging in Cambridge, London and Cromer this week. Check our gig page for full list.


Apr 13th 2009

New Single out on iTunes - listen (first track)   -   buy from iTunes
The single "Marriage of West with East" from the new album "Baka Beyond the Forest" is released today on iTunes.

Baka Beyond Quintet will be performing at the Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury on Friday 17th April. Su will be joined by Molara, Fela Kuti's niece and the original voice of Zion Train. Nii Tagoe, Kibisingo and Martin will proide the rhythm section. Check our gig page

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Mar 6th 2009

New Album coming very soon - listen   -   see artwork
The new album "Baka Beyond the Forest" is due to be released on May 4th. To have the chance to get an early copy (in April) join our mailing list
If you want to have a taste of what is coming there is a video about the album on Youtube. If you have a fast internet connection check out the HD version.
Baka Beyond will be touring to promote the album through May, with an early gig at Glastonbury in april. Check our gig page


Jan 8th 2009

Greetings and Happy New Year!

Beyond the Forest

As I write Martin and I are in Yaounde on our way back to the forest just putting the final touches to the text of the new album, "Baka Beyond the Forest". The album is inspired by the singing of the Baka women, haunting yodelling that enchants animals and has kept us returning to the forest for seventeen years. We must be under its spell too!

Martin worked hard on the album between tours last year and it has an intensity and freshness to my ears. He managed to unlock some of the secrets of the dense interweaving of the Baka voices by multitracking the singing. These had been beautiful, but impenetrable before. He then replaced some of the vocal lines with instruments and a whole new sound has emerged. The original voices and percussion are still live and present, yet it is surprisingly similar to Reggae.

On our last trip I spent night after night under the stars with the fireflies and five Baka women. We sang and recorded through the nights until dawn or exhaustion. We were communicating with a forest soaked in the sound of insects and animals. From these recordings a sister album showing the beauty of the yelli alone, "Baka in the Forest" will be out soon.

After so much time with these Baka friends, immersing myself in their songs since 1992, they feel I'm ready to start teaching the techniques beyond the forest. If you'd like to set up or participate in a workshop leave a message for me HERE

Touring UK in May '09

We hope to be near you and share this new music with you. Due to Denise having other commitments in May we are pleased to invite Molara to join us on this tour. She was the original and brilliant singer of Zion Train. she is a natural with yelli and a great presence on stage. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there. Dates will be posted on our return from Cameroon in February.

Su (jan 8th 2009)


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