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Spirit of the Forest
Baka Beyond
Spirit of the Forest
Genres: International Music, New Age, Pop
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(c) 1993 Rykodisc


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All Artists: Baka Beyond
Title: Spirit of the Forest
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Rykodisc [HNCD 1377]
Release Date: 10/12/1993
Genres: International Music, New Age, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 031257137720, 031257137744, 031257137768


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(c) 1993 Rykodisc

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Inventive blending of contemporary and indigenous music
Gwyneth Calvetti | West Salem, WI United States | 12/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The energy in the cuts from this CD is infectious. Percussion, local instrumentation and seamless vocals blend into a package that defies description. The world beat is evident, but Craddock has suceeded in using the Pygmy voices and music conventions in music that does not jar our Western ear. The rhythms are intricate. The vocals are smooth and blend beautifully on each track. It has become one of my favorite CDs to keep me company as I workout on the Nordictrack, driving me with the beat and energy to work just a little harder!Each time I listen to "Spirit of the Forest," I discover some new nuance that I'd not heard before. In these days of "CD of the week," the desire to hear it again months later speaks volumes to its creativeness."
Spirited music
e.m.wisser | nazareth,pa | 11/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"after seeing baka beyond live in concert recently we were compelled to pick up this recorded work. though it does not reproduce the unique energy of the concert,it pleases on other levels. when martin craddick and wife su hart lived with the baka pygmies in africa in 1992, it was no doubt a life altering experience. much of that comes through in the music presented on
"spirit of the forest". craddick,who's resume includes OUTBACK, a similarly genre busting project,teams with hart(vocals),paddy le mercier(another veteran of OUTBACK on violin and flutes)and members of the baka people who play percussion and several african instruments, to create a mellow listening experience based on a fusion of musical ideas. i paticularly like using this as background music for various endeavors, but there is plenty here for those who wish to have a provacative listening session as well. the warm commraderie the participants shared really comes through. i don't see how any fan of acoustic based alternative music will be disappointed in this recording. as an added incentive to explore this work, it is stated in the liner notes that "all performance and compositional royalties due to the baka for this album will be collected for them to use to protect their forest and to develop in a sustainable way without losing their knowlege or their culture.""
#1 in my music library! | Haleiwa, Hawaii | 01/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this a few years ago because I was drawn by the cover, without a clue to what was inside. What a great find! Raw, organic, lush, touches your spirit. The Meeting Pool is just as good. I'm just ordering Journey Between, and can't wait to get it."