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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Pygmy harp, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Musical performance with an arched harp (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"His hands move surely over the harp strings. The melody draws out the words in a natural way. His voice soars up to the high notes in head register, then dives down to the chest. Improvising, he surprises you with his changes in rhythm, keeps you glued to his voice..."

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

Soundscape: Baka arched harp. In the background, sounds
and voices of a rainforest camp (Pigmei Baka del Camerun).

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

      Page URL:       Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka and the other Pygmy peoples live, is 23:09.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).