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Cameroon - The Baka Music House

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First broadcast:
Saturday 16 October 2004

Music is the life-blood of the Baka Pygmies, the rainforest people of the Cameroon. Everyone sings and plays and the music is used to enchant forest animals before the hunt, to cure illnesses and to overcome disputes. The UK band 'Baka Beyond' have been playing music inspired by their visits to the Baka for over ten years.

On this visit, at the request of the Baka, the band are taking a timber-frame builder to build a Music House in the forest. The Baka are treated with disrespect by the local Bantu people because they are Pygmies. They hope the Music House will improve their status in the community. Radio producer Eka Morgan watches the Music House going up amidst the sounds of Baka life.

  • Building the Baka Music House

    Building the Baka Music House

  • The children of the village

    The children of the village

  • The Baka Music House

    The Baka Music House


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