Music from the Rainforest between Cameroon and Congo
As hunter-gatherers, the Baka will build a village in the forest near a seasonal food source and stay there for a month or two until they have harvested all they can. “Kopolo” is a Baka word to describe a village where the surrounding forest is empty of easily found food.
As there is more pressure on the Baka to settle in permanent villages by the roadside, the forest around their homes becomes “Kopolo” and their hunter-gatherer lifestyle is threatened. In these villages they are forced into the cash economy, but are right at the bottom. Music becomes a way for them to earn a living and be able to afford to buy food for their families, whilst also providing a means of making a wider world aware of their plight and so fight for the right to have access to their traditional lands that they are rapidly being forced from.