Baka Beyond at the Princess Pavilion. Friday 1st April...|
Baka Beyond finds its rhythm with new album
Baka Beyond, the band renowned for its intoxicating brew of Celtic, Gaelic and West African music, releases a new album and embarks on a much-anticipated UK tour in spring 2005. The new album is titled 'Rhythm Tree', and marks a landmark collaboration between band members and the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon.
Widely acclaimed for its high energy, multicultural live stage shows and seminal world music recordings, Baka Beyond has established a worldwide reputation over the decade or more since it released its influential 'Spirit of the Forest' album. Band members hail from Brittany, Cameroon, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Ghana as well as Britain, and meld the rhythms and melodies of Africa with Celtic traditions old and new. Martin Cradick, guitarist and founder member of Baka Beyond, says, "Rhythm Tree is the culmination of over 10 years of work for me. It's where the music of the Baka and of Baka Beyond comes back together."
The Baka Pygmies of Cameroon
The Baka Pygmies are an indigenous people from southeast Cameroon, and their musicality, creativity and culture are a constant reference point for the band, providing the perfect context in which to bring music from different cultures together. Over the years of visiting and making music with the Baka in Africa, Baka Beyond has ensured that it gives back to the source of its inspiration. Royalty payments have been channelled to the Baka through the charity Global Music Exchange, and have recently funded the building of a large timber-framed Music House in the rainforest of Cameroon. The Music House was constructed entirely from one giant tree and is the first of its kind to be built and owned by an indigenous community.
Rhythm Tree's roots
In between trips to Africa, Baka Beyond has toured extensively and when not on the road has been working in their studio in Bath. 'Rhythm Tree' is the irresistible result, the bands first album since 2002's 'East to West'. Many of the tracks on 'Rhythm Tree' have their roots in recordings made in the Baka's Music House. Martin Cradick and other band members helped oversee the building of the house, taking a multitrack recording system complete with a solar panel and battery on a visit in early 2004, and capturing the Baka's music live.
Dance your socks off
The Baka are renowned throughout Africa as masters of dance, and anyone who has witnessed Baka Beyond live will testify to the amazing levels of energy and passion which have enthused audiences across Europe and the USA in recent years. On stage the band presents a tight spectacle of music, song and dance that overflows with fun and exuberance Ð a feast for the heart as well as for the eyes, ears and feet.
Don't miss 'Rhythm Tree', the uplifting new album from Baka Beyond, or the chance to catch the band live on tour. Dance your socks off, with Baka Beyond!
8pm -12 Midnight £10 Adv / £12.50 Door