In 2003 Martin Cradick took Andi Main, a skilled timber frame builder, to the Baka community to start the construction of their music house. With the use of tools donated by the charity, “Tools for Self Reliance” he taught Baka and Bantu the basics of timber frame construction and together they built a magnificent house from one giant Sapele tree. The Music House is the first building of its kind built and owned by an indigenous community in this part of Africa. It is being used as a meeting place for their newly formed association, Gbiné, as well as to showcase culture. They now realise that their music and dance underpins their culture and unites them and is something of value to others. It not only brings them financial rewards, but more importantly, the respect of their Cameroonian neighbours and recognition in the wider world.
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