African Music Film Month

Genre : Cultural projects
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Release/publication date : 2015
Published on : 29/01/2015

Sub-Saharan Africa Broadcast Presents*


*AFRICAN MUSIC FILM MONTH in conjunction with BUSARA 2015*




Celebrate the diverse music and culture of Africa and the diaspora with a

month-long film-festival on your screen presented by AfriDocs.




During the month of February, AfriDocs' 2 weekly documentary slots – now on

Tuesday AND Thursday evenings, at 8pm Central African time (GMT + 2), and

weekend schedules will feature some of Africa's most loved musical talents

– both historical and contemporary. Never before has such a collection of

documentary films about African music been available to audiences across

the continent.




From Morocco to South Africa, Cape Verde to Madagascar, documentaries



stories from the Malian Festival Au Desert, and Paul Simon's Graceland, to

the history of punk in Africa – the AfriDocs African Music Film Month is

unmissable television.




Presented in conjunction with Zanzibar's annual Sauti za Busara Music

Festival, taking place from Feb 12th – 15th, this month long musical

extravaganza celebrates the music of Africa and its diaspora – discover the

music and culture of Kenya, Zanzibar, Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, Senegal,

Cape Verde, Morocco, Ghana, Angola and beyond only on DStv 190 ED channel

and GO TV.




Visit or to stay up to date with

screening schedules, media interviews, twitter chats and more!




*All weeknight screenings are at 8pm (GMT + 2) and weekend screenings start

at 4pm (GMT + 2) on DStv ED Channel 190 & GoTV.*






*Under African Skies*


Joe Berlinger | South Africa | 2012 | 89 min |


Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the journey of his *Graceland*

album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking

the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid







*Future Sounds of Msanzi*


Lebogang Rasethaba & Nthato Mokgata (Spoek Mathambo) | South Africa | 2014

| 76 min |


This film explores the past, present and future of the electronic music

scene and its multiple sub-genres in South Africa – the mission was simple:

to meet up with some of their heroes, colleagues, competitors, and

co-conspirators…an ever-potent gang of electronic music pioneers sculpting 


Future Sound of Mzansi*.




*Afripedia Angola*


Teddy Goitom | Angola | 2014 | 28 min |


Welcome to Angola, home of heavy electro music known as kuduro. Follow us

across the pulsating city of Luanda as we delve into the kuduro evolution

and meet the people charting its course.






*Last Song Before the War*


Kiley Kraskouskas | Mali | 2013 | 74 min |


The story of the most remote music festival in the world, *Festival Au

Desert*, and the battle to make it happen. Two hours from Timbuktu, staged

since 2000 at the Essakane oasis, the festival was a symbol of peace

between the Tuareg nomads and the Malinese - until Islamic militants and

Tuareg rebels ban music and silence the festival.





*As Old as my Tongue*


A portrait of Bi Kidude, a living legend on her home island of Zanzibar.

She has beguiled audiences around the world on her wide and varied travels.

Filmed over three years in Zanzibar and on tour with Bi Kidude.


*Screened with Busara – More Than A Festival 25'*




*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.


*Reve Kakudji *


Ibbe Daniëls , Koen Vidal

| DRC | 2013 | 64 min |


The moment Serge Kakudji saw an opera singer for the very first time as a

young boy on Congolese television, he immediately fell in love with opera

music. He decided to become a celebrated countertenor. Despite the many

doubts of his family, he is determined to make it to the top of the

classical opera world.




Kevin Macdonald | Jamaica | 2012 | 139 min |


Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social

and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. This is definitive

life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days

to his rise to international super-stardom*. *


*Afripedia Kenya*


Teddy Goitom | Kenya | 2014 | 28 min |


Afripedia is about the generation of Africa's rising creative talents. In

Nairobi, the urban culture scene and its leading personalities and stars

lead us to a filmmaker, a visual artist and an Afro-futuris­tic pop band.


*Homegrown: HipLife in Ghana*


Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi | Ghana | 2008 | 58 min |


West Africa has a long-standing tradition of traveling storytellers known

as Griots, who combine poetry, music, and oral history. In Ghana, a group

of young Africans are continuing this legacy and here Hip-Hop music has

merged with High-Life, the traditional music of West Africa, and this

fusion has led to the birth of a new musical genre called HipLife.




*Cesária Évora**, Morna Blues*


Anais Prosaic & Eric Mulet | Cape Verde | 1996 | 52 min |


At once generous and secretive, swaying to the rhythms of the waves, this

film is made in the image of Cesária Évora, the unchallenged queen of the

morna, the Cape-Verdean blues.


*Omar Sosa: Out of Africa*


Olivier Taieb | Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi | 2010 | 52 min |


An intimate musical trip with the multiple Grammy nominated Cuban composer,

pianist and bandleader through East Africa. Omar Sosa, influenced by

traditional Afro-Cuban music, records a song with a local musician in each

country in this epic road movie.




John & Louise Riber | Zimbabwe | 2004 | 70 min |


A documentary about the life and music of Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi from

Zimbabwe. Tuku and his band 'The Black Spirits' are captured performing at

a most remarkable time of their long history together, and the energy of

their music and dance explodes from the screen as Tuku sings the songs that

mean most to him, in the places closest to his heart.



Maria Luisa Gambale, Gloria Bremer & Steven Lawrence | Senegal | 2010 | 59

min |

Sister Fa is a trailblazing Senegalese singer and activist on the rise. The

first successful female rapper in Dakar's fiercely competitive hip hop

scene, Sister Fa fights to stop the practise of female genital cutting.


*Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love*


Ciro Capperlari | South Africa | 2005 | 58 min |


He is a pianist, composer, Duke Ellington's spiritual and real-life

successor, an icon of African music, the living personification of the kind

of jazz tradition that is conscious of its roots - in short: he is one of

the greatest living jazz musicians. Winner Adolf Grimme Award 2005, Nominee

Rose d'Or.

*Fonko – new music from Angola and Ghana*

Lamin Daniel Jadama & Lars Lovén | Angola, Ghana | 2014 | 59min |


Ghana and Angola are two of the fastest growing economies in the world, as

well as two countries in midst of a musical revolution. Azonto and kuduro

are club music styles based on traditional rhythms and have become a means

of expressing identity for an entire generation. Narrated by Neneh Cherry.






Ahmed El Maanouni | Morocco | 1981 | 86 min |


The film follows the path of one of Morocco's most famous bands during a

period of conflict. They draw their music from the last thousand years of

Moroccan and African history. We hear the gentle voices of the musicians,

who carry universal messages about love and unity peppered between many

wonderful scenes of music and performances. *Trances* is the first film

restored by Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation.






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*. *




*Punk in Africa*


Keith Jones & Deon Maas | South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique | 2012 | 82

min |

Three chords, three countries, one revolution...*Punk in Africa* is the

story of the multiracial punk movement within the political and social

upheavals experienced in three Southern African countries: South Africa,

Mozambique and Zimbabwe.




*Fonko – new music from South Africa and Nigeria*


Lamin Daniel Jadama & Lars Lovén | South Africa, Nigeria | 2014 | 53 min |


South Africa is the home to styles like kwaito, SA House and Shangaan

electro,  possibly the fastest club music in the world. Nigeria has the

most commercial music on the continent, but also fierce protest music

carrying on the work of the late Fela Kuti, one of the most hard-core

protest singers ever. Narrated by Neneh Cherry.


*Fonko – new music from Francophone West Africa*


Lamin Daniel Jadama & Lars Lovén | Benin, Burkina Faso, Senegal | 2014 | 52

min |

Dakar is the unrivalled centre for the West African hip hop-scene and

coupé-décalé is now a major influence all over West Africa. In Burkina

Faso the name and speeches of Thomas Sankara is used by musicians to

protest against injustices and corruption. In Benin, the veterans of

Orchestre Polyrytmo give a historic background to the music scene of today.

Narrated by Neneh Cherry.


AfriDocs screens every Tuesday at 8pm (GMT + 2) on DStv ED Channel 190 &

GoTV across sub-Saharan Africa.


For the full programme schedule and synopses of the films, please go to or


You can also follow AfriDocs on twitter: @Afri_Docs – use

#AfriDocsMusicMonth to stay up to date.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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