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Louis Sarno (born 1954 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American musicologist and author. In the mid-1980s he lived among a Bayaka Pygmy clan in the Central African Republic, and recorded their music. His experiences were published as Song From The Forest, which was included among the "99 books that capture the spirit of Africa" by Geoff Wisner.


Louis Sarno was raised in Newark, New Jersey. In 1985 he went to Africa to record the music of a pygmy tribe. 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 (Ellipsis Arts)."

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Louis Sarno was married to a Bayakan and has two sons. He lives in the forests of Central Africa. The documentary film Song from the Forest by German director Michael Obert tells his life´s story. The film premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2013 where it was honored with the Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. A movie based on Sarno´s life called Oka! ("Oka" is pygmy for "Listen") was released in 2011.

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