Wednesday, May 07, 2008

African Music Digging Documentary

I recently posted a link to Voodoo Funk - an excellent blog dedicated to unearthing African music. By coincidence, Frank Conakry who runs the blog has just sent me the following message and the above trailer:

NY based documentary film maker Leigh Iacobucci followed me around on my latest one-month digging trip through Ghana, Togo and Benin. This is a first trailer she put together after being back home for only a few days. There'll be another, better trailer within a few days and perhaps also a live clip with Gilles Gnonnas performing his fathers' Afrobeat bomb "okpo videa bassouo" (on the Life Is A Game Mix).
We also had interviews with El Rego (green hat), Gustave Bentho (from Poly Rythmo seen with his bass) and Danialou Sagbohan (multi-instrumentalist who played with Poly Rythmo in the 70s, spent years playing at the Afro Spot in Lagos and is still one of Benin's most respected musicians. He broke open a bottle of Black Label at 8:00 am while singing, dancing and drumming on the table... good times!).

I'll keep you posted on the progress of the video.

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