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ARTE CINEMA TENT

Attention: This is the surrounding-programme for 2018.
We will publish the programme for 2019 soon.

 

The cultural TV channel ARTE is the partner of the 31st Africa festival and will be presenting the cinema tent on the festival ground for the eleventh time with a programme featuring films about music and culture of West Africa and the Caribbean.

TRINIDAD – HOT PLACE IN THE CARIBBEAN

The film shows the sights of the Caribbean island, as well as aspects that are rather unknown: the production and tuning of the steel drums – which are important instruments for the famous calypso and soca music; the tailoring of the colourful and opulent costumes for the legendary carnival; the beautiful sandy beaches but also the “pitch lake“: a huge lake made of natural tarmac.
© HR

PAN! OUR MUSIC ODYSSEY

In Trinidad and Tobago each year thousands of musicians participate with huge percussion groups (sometimes more than 100 people) in the steel band competition “Panorama“. Steel band music was created out of necessity when former slaves used old metal barrels as drums. Today the steel pan is the national instrument of Trinidad and the competition attracts musicians and fans from all around the world. The film music was partly created by the legendary Calypso Rose – who will again be performing at the Africa Festival this year.
© Rituals Music

SOUL LADIES – BETWEEN AFRICA AND EUROPE

Three strong women who have already enthused the audience of the Africa Festival with their music and charisma: Y’akoto, Nneka and Grammy-award winner Angélique Kidjo. All three commute between different worlds and find their home in music. The film, which will premiere at the Africa Festival, portrays the artists, enquires about their roots and their self-perception and shows their commitment
to tolerance, freedom and human rights.
©Angélique Kidjo

FONKO: URBAN MUSIC TRENDS IN WEST AFRICA

Francophone West Africa is an important centre for music trends. Here, traditional rhythms and urban club music are blending. Dakar, the capital of Senegal, is the centre of the West African hip-hop scene with musicians like Sister Fa and Daara J family but also stars of world music like Youssou N‘Dour. In Benin, the afro pop grandfathers of the legendary orchestra Polyrytmo are having a musical revival. In Burkina Faso artists use music to protest against inequalities and corruption.
© Piranha Music Press

FONKO: URBAN MUSIC TRENDS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND NIGERIA

South Africa and Nigeria: two regional super powers in Africa – and pioneers for developments in pop culture and innovative styles. The active club music in South Africa produces styles like SA House and Shangaan electro. Nigeria, where the gap between poor and rich couldn’t be any wider, produces the most commercially successful music of the continent. But there is also a vital protest scene, which continues the work of the late Fela Kuti with musicians like Nneka and Femi Kuti.

© Story

CUBA‘S DIVINE RHYTHMS – THE AFRICAN ROOTS OF SALSA AND SON

Sea, sun and beaches, the repeatedly photographed charm of dilapidated house facades and tenderly looked after antique cars – Cuba is a country which stirs up longings. But the country is mainly known for its people and their music. Cuban music is more than salsa and son, a whole universe of different rhythms and styles. The film shows Cuba beyond all clichés: a musical journey through a country where African rhythms and gods determine the religious reasoning and everyday life.
© HR

MALI BLUES

Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. But when it comes to music, it is as rich as barely any other country and is considered the birthplace of jazz and blues. But this precious heritage is in danger: the radical Islamists in the North of the country ban dance and secular music. The movie by Lutz Gregor shows musicians who use their music to fight for peace and religious freedom in Mali: Touareg Ahmed Ag Kaedy, rapper Master Sumi and world music star Fatoumata Diawara.
© RealFiction Filmverleih

THURSDAY
08:30 pm Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love
Documentary by Ciro Cappellari, ARTE/ZDF 2005, 58 mins.
09:30 pm Mama Africa
Documentary by Mika Kaurismäki, ARTE/ZDF 2011, 100 mins.

 

FRIDAY
 08:30 pm Youssou N’Dour and the Super Etoile de Dakar
Recording from the Africa Festival, ARTE 2010, 52 mins.
 09:30 pm El Acordeón del Diablo
Documentary by Stefan Schwietert, Germany 2000, 83 mins.

 

SATURDAY
 08:30 pm Afro.Germany:
Documentary by Jana Pareigis, Deutsche Welle 2017, 42 mins.
Afterwards panel discussion with Jana Pareigis
 09:30 pm Zanzibar Musical Club
Documentary by Patrice Nezan, ARTE/ZDF 2008, 84 mins.

 

SUNDAY
 08:30 pm Mali Blues
Documentary by Lutz Gregor.
ARTE/ZDF 2016, 93 mins.

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