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10-Feb-2011 Kinshasa Symphony 8:20pm 95 minutes Amphitheatre
11-Feb-2011 Diamonds in the Rough 8:20pm 73 minutes Amphitheatre
11-Feb-2011 Mwamba Ngoma 9:50pm 74 minutes Amphitheatre
12-Feb-2011 Zanzibar Musical Club 8:20pm 85 minutes Amphitheatre
12-Feb-2011 Siaka, An African Musician 9:50pm 79 minutes Amphitheatre
13-Feb-2011 As Old As My Tongue 8:20pm 66 minutes Amphitheatre
13-Feb-2011 African Underground: Democracy in Dakar 9:50pm 70 minutes Amphitheatre


The African Music Film Programme is generously supported by the Goethe Institut in Tanzania.



Kinshasa Symphony (2010) DRC/Germany, 95 minutes
Kinshasa is the home of Central Africa’s one and only symphony orchestra. Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth – Freude schöner Götterfunken.

Kinshasa symphony

A power cut strikes just a few bars before the last movement. Problems like this are the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in the Congo.In the 15 years of its existence, the musicians have survived two

putsches, various crises and a war. But concentration on the music and hopes for a better future keep them going. Kinshasa Symphony is a film of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavour: a symphony orchestra. The film follows life in Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music.

For more informations, http://www.kinshasa-symphony.com/


Diamonds in the Rough (2007) Uganda, 73 minutes

diamands in rough

On a mission to empower the youth of Ugandafrom within, Diamonds in the Rough follows the journey of The Bataka Squad, Rah P, Babaluku and Saba Saba on their hip hop journey. Narrated by Spearhead singer Michael Franti, follow the inspirational Bataka movement as they spread their message of hope and positivity around the globe – from Kampala, to the shamba, to Johannesburg to the home of hip hop USA.

For more informations, http://bavubukacommunity.blogspot.com





mwamba ngoma

Mwamba Ngoma (Tune the Drum), (2009) Tanzania, 74 minutes
History of the sources of influences on Tanzania's popular music and the role of music in social transformation. Featuring many old and new friends of the festival such as Carola Kinasha, Mzee Yusuf, Banana Zorro, Mlimani Park Orchestra & Wahapahapa Band.

For more informations, http://www.wahapahapa.com/index.php





zanzibar musical club
Zanzibar Musical Club (2010) Zanzibar/France, 85 minutes
Observing the role of taarab in Zanzibar and the Swahili speaking coast – looking at the music form as a vehicle of cultural identity and living tradition, in ceremonies, in everyday life on the island. Beautifully filmed documentary immersing viewers in the colour, warmth and diversity of Zanzibar’s culture and taarab musicians – cultural custodians of a dynamic musical heritage that must assert itself in the face of tourism and economic change.

For more informations, http://www.lesfilmsdupresent.fr/

Siaka, An African Musician (2005) Cote D’Ivoire/France, 79 minutes
Siaka Diabaté is a musician in Bouaké, the second largest town in the Cote d'Ivoire. Through his mother's family he is Senufo, but through his father's ancestry he considers himself a Mande griot.


He is a multi-talented professional musician, and for the local festivals plays five instruments: the Senufo and Maninka balafons, the kora harp, the dundun drum and the electric guitar. This film shows Siaka playing in the group led by Soungalo Coulibaly before his death in 2004, including the use of djembe drums, which we also see being made. This documentary introduces the audience to a fascinating world of urban music that incorporates traditional songs and dances by griots. Shot on site a few weeks before rising of civil war, during various festivities, this film presents a living portrait of this lovable and highly skilled musician working in a traditional environment, adding another dimension to the pleasure of seeing and hearing him during his international tours.

For more informations, http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=siaka&w=89081030%40N00

bi kidude

As Old As My Tongue, (2006) Zanzibar/UK, 66 minutes

An intimate portrait of living legend Bi Kidude, probably the oldest performer on the world music stage today. Bi Kidude wins friends wherever she travels, but at home in Zanzibar she continually courts controversy, her behaviour challenging perceptions of a woman’s position in a Muslim society. As Old As My Tongue reveals the dramatic contrasts in the life of this iconic musician and features a classic soundtrack comprising one hundred years of Swahili music.

For more informations,   http://www.asoldasmytongue.net/

democracy in dakar

African Underground: Democracy in Dakar (2008) Senegal/USA, 70 minutes
African Underground: Democracy in Dakar is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal and examines hip-hop as a role in the political process. Originally shot as a seven part documentary mini-series released via the internet the documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

For more informations, http://nomadicwax.com/democracyindakar/



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