As Old As my Tongue. The myth and life of Bi Kidude

Genre : Biography
Type : Documentary
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2006
Format : Feature

Singer. Leader. Muslim. Rebel. Zanzibarian singer Bi Kidude is a living
legend. Now well into her 90s, she is the oldest performer on the world stage today. An intimate portrait of living legend Bi Kidude who wins friends wherever she travels but at home in Zanzibar she continually courts controversy, her behaviour challenging perceptions of the role of women in Muslim society.
This fascinating, funny and beautifully assembled documentary reveals the dramatic contrasts in the life of this iconic musician and feature a classic soundtrack comprising one hundred years of Swahili music.

Andy Jones. UK/Tanzania. 2007.
66 mins. Swahili with English Subtitles.


  • 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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