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White Pygmy: 30 years in the African jungle Howard Swains

White Pygmy: 30 years in the African jungle

Howard Swains

Published April 16th 2015
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85 pages
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In the mid-1980s, a restless young American named Louis Sarno arrived to the rainforest of the Central African Republic clutching bundles of cassettes, a tape recorder and a microphone. To all intents and purposes, he never came back, spending theMoreIn the mid-1980s, a restless young American named Louis Sarno arrived to the rainforest of the Central African Republic clutching bundles of cassettes, a tape recorder and a microphone. To all intents and purposes, he never came back, spending the past 30 years captivated by the polyphonic singing of the pygmies - and recording every sound he heard.Howard Swains went to visit Sarno, who still lives with his Ba’aka family in the rainforest, even as poaching, deforestation and, more recently, a brutal civil war has threatened to destroy everything he has come to cherish. This book examines both a remarkable life and its legacy: a peerless cache of unique recordings of a bewitching musical world.