In March 2014, Global Music Exchange (GME) organized a unique tour, bringing different Baka communities together and raising their self-esteem.
The Baka People are Indigenous Pygmy hunter-gatherers living in the rainforests of the Congo basin. They are amazing musicians and carry the knowledge of an egalitarian forest culture into the 21st Century.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Due to the logging and mineral riches of their forest home they are being pressurised to leave and live in roadside villages where they face ruthless discrimination and abuse.
WHAT IS GLOBAL MUSIC EXCHANGE?
Named “One Heart” by the Baka women, Global Music Exchange (GME) is a UK based charity run by musicians and formed to preserve,
help and encourage the Baka’s rich musical culture
and unique forest lifestyle.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE?
Over the last 22 years GME has created a Baka Association, built a Music House and helped set up medical, educational, agricultural and clean water projects, all mainly funded by recordings of the Baka music that we have made.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
THE FOREST VOICES TOUR
On the pilot tour in March 2014 we showed that The Forest Voices Tour both raised the Baka’s self-esteem and gave them a voice. Help us reach more communities in 2015 and download this video.