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Baka Beyond

23 May 2009

8pm African and Celtic soul at the Princess Pavillions Falmouth

After 16 years of mixing African and Celtic music in equal measures Baka Beyond have become one of the finest danceable bands, creating the sound of the global village. They maintain a unique relationship with their inspiration - the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon - sending royalties to help their development projects, and even touring with Baka musicians.

Since these early beginnings when the term "world music" barely existed, Baka Beyond has evolved into a multicultural, dynamic live stage show and album sales top a quarter of a million copies.

Band members hail from Brittany, Cameroon, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Ghana as well as Britain and each musician brings their own influence and talent to the music creating a unique spectacle and honouring a lesson learned from the Baka people, "everyone to be listened to".

Years of touring has paid off and the energy of their thoroughly uplifting and seamless blend of African rhythm and Celtic melody defies anybody to sit still.

". . if you're not dancing, maybe you should have someone check your pulse."

"If there has to be a definition of world music, this is it!" Andy Kershaw

Baka Beyond was founded in 1992 after British musicians Martin Cradick and Su Hart had visited the Baka Pygmies of the Cameroon rainforests after seeing a TV documentary.

So inspired were they by their magical rhythms and melodies that they recorded an album "Spirit of the Forest" under the name Baka Beyond which pushed them into worldwide recognition.

In order to make sure that the Baka got their fair return for their compositions they also founded the charity, "Global Music Exchange". So started this very positive African - European collaboration.

Doors: 8pm. Starts 8.30pm

Tickets: Advance, £12.50/ On the door, £14

Tickets from
: Princess Pavilion & The Poly & The Hall for Cornwall

Buy online: Baka Beyond-The Poly or Baka Beyond-Hall for Cornwall.