In 1963, Simha Arom, of the Israeli symphony orchestra, travelled to the Central African Republic to set up a brass band. There, he discovered the Pygmy's fascinating music. Inventing new methods of research, making many recordings, he became a leading expert in ethnomusicology, backed by the UNESCO. In this lively, cheerful book, he describes the first encounters, the wonderments, the forests which are the Pygmy's homeland, right up to scenes from the musical festivals across Europe where they now perform.
Simha Arom is a horn player by training and a musicologist. He is head of research at the CNRS and the author of many articles and books. He has produced over thirty compilations of traditional music, mostly from central Africa. In 1971, he was granted the Grand Prix of the Charles-Cros Academy.