Ethnomusicologist Larry Williams (Khris Marshall) is from new Jersey, but his heart is with the Bayaka people of Yandombe, in the Central African Republic. Back in the USA on a fundraising trip for his village, the doctor (Peter Riegert) warns him that his failing liver will not withstand the dangers of life in the African forest. Undaunted, Larry is drawn back to his adopted people. This is his last chance to record the sound of the mysterious molimo, an instrument associated in the past with the elephant hunt, now thought to be extinct. But Larry knows that there is something more than music waiting for him.
Sebastian Beacon,Issaach De Bankole,Will Yun Lee,Haviland Morris,Kris Marshall,Peter Riegert
Twenty-five years ago, ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno traveled from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies. Falling in love with a Bayaka girl and her forest lifestyle, he decided to stay. "OKA!" tells the adventure of his life in Africa with his adopted family.
The Bayaka pygmies maintain a tenuous balance between their traditional forest existence and their increasing dependence on the Bantu villagers. Through the eyes of Larry (Kris Marshall), the tall, ungainly white man from New Jersey, who in spite of his failing liver accompanies the Bayaka on a journey into the heart of the forest, "OKA!" offers a unique glimpse into the music, humor, and spirit of the Bayaka people.