Forest Voices Tour Fund

Global Music Exchange

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Charity Registration No: 1057668

Global Music Exchange (GME) was founded after a visit to the Baka Pygmies in Cameroon. After seeing a television program about them, Su and I fell in love with their music and went to visit them in their rainforest home. Back in 1992 their life seemed idyllic in the forest, but we have been shocked at the racism and abuse they suffer when by the roadside. As they are pushed out of the forest more and more, they are forced to spend more time in the roadside villages.

GME (named "One Heart" by the Baka women) encourages self-worth and respect for the Baka, and other indigenous people, through their music, dance and crafts.

We record and promote traditional music and use royalties for development projects decided by the communities themselves.

We aim to help them adapt to the modern world whilst also maintaining their rights to live a traditional lifestyle on their ancestral lands.

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