The tragic recent passing of Papa Wemba has given us all pause – and AfriDocs would like to take this opportunity in the month of May to commemorate and celebrate the diverse music of Africa ahead of Africa Day on May 25th.
As the continent celebrates unity through diversity, AfriDocs presents a series of films that showcase the amazing range of musical talent that we find every day across this diverse continent called Africa.
This month’s films include Salif Keita: A Man with a Message, a film that higlights Keita’s sources of inspiration – his family, the intermarriage of musical influences, and his affirmation of African identity.
The month also includes musical tributes such as 100% Dakar a documentary that uncovers the thriving music, fashion and art scenes of urban Senegal, Gangbé, a film that documents the journey of a brass band from the Republic of Benin to Nigeria in a bid to conquer the city of Lagos, Kinshasa Symphony, the uplifting story of how for fifteen years the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra in DR Congo has continued to play despite two coups, war, and exasperating power cuts, and Mahaleo, the story of Madagascar’s most popular Malagasy group.
AfriDocs screens every THURSDAY at 19:55 Central African time (GMT + 2) on [ED] DStv Channel 190 & GOtv Channel 65 across sub-Saharan Africa. Repeats on Fridays and Sundays. For all film and scheduling information, visit www.Afridocs.net or www.facebook.com/AfriDocs.
Kinshasa Symphony | Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer | DRC | 2010 | 95 min
A remarkable orchestra plays heroically despite its musicians’ daily struggle for mere survival. For fifteen years the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra in DR Congo has continued to play despite two coups, war, and exasperating power cuts. This uplifting film follows several determined characters whose lives have been transformed by the orchestra.
Best Documentary, 11th Image et Vie, Senegal 2011
Congo in Four Acts: Symphony Kinshasa | Kiripi Katembo Siku | DRC | 2006 | 15 min
Take a hard-hitting tour through Congo’s capitol city and discover the consequences of graft, neglect and poverty.
Gangbé | Arnaud Robert | Benin | 2015|58 min
A brass band from the Republic of Benin departs in a bid to conquer the city of Lagos in Nigeria. The film tells of the clash between two Africas. On this long journey to the metropolis, the adventures of a continent are revealed; the new cultural poles of the South and the gaps that still separate these neighbouring countries. In encounters with Femi Kuti and the contemporary ideals of Pan-Africanism, the Gangbé Brass Band finds themselves immersed in a world of new ideas.
Festival Vues d’Afrique, Montréal, 2016
Salif Keita, A Man with a Message | Jean-Pierre Limosin | Mali | 1996 | 52 min
We join Salif Keita in Bamako to learn about his sources of inspiration – his family, the intermarriage of musical influences, and his affirmation of African identity.
Mahaleo | Paes & Rajaonarivelo | Madagascar | 2005 | 98 min
In Malagasy, ‘Mahaleo’ means free, independent. Mahaleo’s voices and music have accompanied the people of Madagascar ever since the collapse of the colonial regime.
DOK.fest Munich 2016
The Cessation | Lotte Manicom | 2014 | South Africa | 16 min
This short documentary follows three members of the Angolan diaspora in Cape Town and maps the impact of the Angolan Cessation which was announced by the South African government in 2013 and effectively ends the Angolan diaspora’s refugee status in South Africa from 2015.
AfriDocs screens every THURSDAY at 19:55 Central African time (GMT + 2) on [ED] DStv Channel 190 & GOtv Channel 65 across sub-Saharan Africa. Repeats on Sundays – www.afridocs.net or www.facebook.com/AfriDocs