Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fruits of the Forest


FOR the latest LP in the Baka Beyond project, English folk musicians Su Hart and Martin Cradick went to great lengths - the Cameroonian rainforest in fact.
The latest in 17-years of collaborations between the pair and the tribe, Baka Beyond The Forest's basis is field recordings taken of Baka pygmy women singing traditional African tunes in the nation's forests in the evenings.
Conjours up images in you head, doesn't it?
Can you imagine the likes of Bono and The Edge stalking through the undergrowth, dictaphone in hand, moving in mysterious ways?
Sadly the resulting album, made from these recordings with selected vocal lines replayed by traditional instruments such as guitars and violins, as interesting as it is, is never as arresting as the premise behind it.

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