CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
I had the opportunity to interview Louis Sarno when I travelled to Central African Republic to visit the Baku pygmies.
Louis Sarno is an American musicologist and author.
Louis Sarno was raised in Newark, New Jersey.
He is married to a Bayaka and has two sons.
In the mid-1980s he lived among a Bayaka Pygmy clan in the Central African Republic, and recorded their music.
In 1985 he went to Africa to record the music of a pygmy tribe.
He lives in the forests of the Central African Republic.
His experiences were published as Song from the Forest.
He combined recordings of Bayakan music with sounds of their surrounding environment into a two-CD/book package entitled Bayaka: The Extraordinary Music of the BaBenzl Pygmies.
A movie based on his life called Oka! was released in 2011, as well as a documentary film Song from the Forest was shot in 2013.