Thu 17th Mar
BAKA BEYOND LIVE : ALBUM LAUNCH
The new albumtitled ‘Rhythm Tree’ 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 and Sierra Leone 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.”
Rhythm Tree’s roots
In between trips to Africa, travelling deep into the Cameroonian rainforest to help the Baka Pygmies build a music house, Baka Beyond has toured extensively and when not on the road have 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. Other tracks capture the live sound of Baka Beyond.
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. It is incredible how a group of such virtuoso musicians from such diverse backgrounds can have such fun playing so tightly together. The music effortlessly moves from stunning percussion riffs to soaring violin to steady grooves underpinned by sparkly guitar and helped along with magical vocals and spectacular dance – 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 at the Cargo on Thursday, 17th March. Dance your socks off, with Baka Beyond!
“If there has to be a definition of World Music, this is it!” Andy Kershaw
LIVE: BAKA BEYOND
£12 on the door. £10 advance.