Photo gallery with soundscapes and quotes from the book The Forest Has You


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Polyphonic songs, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Gabon)
A group of Baka women in the forest performing a song to bring good luck in the hunt (Baka Pygmies, Gabon).

"The night echoes with the Baka's singing: their voices wrap you round in silk, sweet as the honey dripping from the comb, hypnotic as a magic charm. In the crackling of the fires you enter a world of sounds never heard before, unexpected, yet immediately familiar. You have the impression that you have already heard and seen all of this. Already experienced it."

Luis Devin, The Forest Has You. Story of an Initiation
Italian edition: La foresta ti ha. Storia di un'iniziazione
(Castelvecchi - LIT Edizioni)

Soundscape: Aka vocal polyphony
(Aka Pygmies of the Central African Republic).

Photo gallery about African Pygmies and the rainforest, with soundscapes from pygmy camps and the forest.

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka and the other Pygmy peoples live, is 10:28.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).