#165 ~ Su Hart of 'Baka Beyond'

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Su Hart of Baka Beyond was a guest speaker in October 2009 at a fundraiser for Grandmothers to Grandmothers in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. During her visit in their community, Su was part of workshops organized by Letz Sing Choir. Being familiar with Baka Beyond since the mid 1990's, Lynn Thompson welcomed the opportunity to meet up with Su Hart two days later in Nanaimo during Su's train ride to Victoria (the segment is framed by train sounds as the train arrives and departs the Nanaimo train station).

Su Hart and her husband Martin Cradick made their first recordings with the Baka in 1992. Most recently they have released a new CD titled 'Baka Beyond the Forest'. Yelli is still sung to enchant animals by Pygmy women in the rainforests of Africa.

This is a collection of modern arrangements of these ancient songs, highly listenable yet other worldly. The Baka's share of royalties, as with all the Baka Beyond albums, will be administered through the charity Global Music Exchange to ensure that all money gets back to the Baka musicians and their community. Whereas "Gati Bongo" was led by the Baka men, these songs mostly involve Baka women. This will be a chance for the women to set up their own projects and directly control the income.

This 8 minute segment begins with Lynn in conversation with guest Raymond Geisler on CHLY as she wraps up the final broadcast * of Living on Purpose, launching Lynn into freelance broadcasting. * Please note that Living on Purpose is still alive and thriving, it's simply time to conclude the volunteer aspect of broadcasting on CHLY community radio. Lynn now welcomes opportunities for paid radio work, and she offers services in recording and editing for audio links and podcasts. Contributions to the Rabble Podcast Network continue on a monthly basis!








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