The Meeting Pool

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All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Baka Beyond employs many different ethnic influences to create their unique style. The most noticeable elements are Celtic, exemplified by the fiddle of French musician Paddy LeMercier, and of course Baka. The Baka are the Pygmies of Cameroon. Guitarist and group leader Martin Cradick has spent a fair amount of time with them, and he incorporates samples of their music and environmental sounds onto several tracks. Even where the Baka themselves are not heard from, their music is. Several of the numbers are based on Baka tunes, and the two female vocalists, Su Hart and Kate Budd, strive to sing in a Baka style. The overall effect is upbeat but mellow. One thing that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Baka Beyond employs many different ethnic influences to create their unique style. The most noticeable elements are Celtic, exemplified by the fiddle of French musician Paddy LeMercier, and of course Baka. The Baka are the Pygmies of Cameroon. Guitarist and group leader Martin Cradick has spent a fair amount of time with them, and he incorporates samples of their music and environmental sounds onto several tracks. Even where the Baka themselves are not heard from, their music is. Several of the numbers are based on Baka tunes, and the two female vocalists, Su Hart and Kate Budd, strive to sing in a Baka style. The overall effect is upbeat but mellow. One thing that Craddick lost when he broke up with Outback bandmate Graham Wiggins is Wiggins' fire Wiggins on the other hand lost Cradick's subtlety. Still, Meeting Pool has moments of real piquancy, as on "Ohureo," a traditional from the Western Isles of Scotland. This macabre lullaby, dressed up with African drums and LeMercier's fiddle commentary, is achingly entrancing. More propulsive is "Meeting of Tribes," a Cradick original that features music and instruments from four continents, including the didjeridu. On the surface this music may sound a bit mild, but at its heart lie deep emotions fueled by wonder. Beautiful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/1995
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257138826
  • Catalog Number: 571388
  • Sales rank: 117,124

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Woosi (6:40)
  2. 2 Ancestor's Voice (5:50)
  3. 3 Lupe (5:43)
  4. 4 Ohureo (6:50)
  5. 5 Meeting of Tribes (5:56)
  6. 6 Journey (6:05)
  7. 7 Ndaweh's Dream (5:06)
  8. 8 Booma Lena (8:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Baka Beyond Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Martin Cradick Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Vocals, Balafon, Kora, Ngombi
Tom Green Keyboards, Sampling
Paddy le Mercier Flute, Violin
Mark Robson Didjeridu
Sagar N'Gom Multi Instruments
Nené Water Drums
Mark Pinto Electric Bass, Double Bass
Baka Forest People Track Performer
Kate Budd Vocals
Su Hart Vocals
Sam Pope Bodhran
Technical Credits
Martin Cradick Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Tom Green Programming
Richard Haines Engineer
Su Hart Artwork
Tim Young Mastering
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