Fonko

This was a tour (not a safari) of some new musical scenes in various african countries like burkina faso, senegal, nigeria. So many new artist names to try to remember! Nneka, sister fa.. uh I’ll have to look up the rest, it’s all a blur now.

The swedish (“by way of the gambia”) director was there for the q+a and it turns out it was originally a tv show which has already been screened across the african continent so perhaps one if the coolest things about this endeavour is that it is facilitating cross-pollination of different scenes.

The director mentioned the excellent black power mixtape, directed by goran olsson, who also did concerning violence. Both concerning violence and fonko mention thomas sankara, the former president of burkina faso. He was a pan-africanist killed for his revolutionary ideas in 1987. So there is some politics in the film but sadly i don’t think music alone can unify africa. Even if I love how musicians can be optimistic about the power of music,i’ve seen enough parties get busted. And I’ve seen how greedy some people are.

New music is always interesting and like i said i’ve definitely got some artists names i wanna check but my taste for underground styles like tekno, sppedcore, grindcore and soon wasn’t really fed. And those scenes also exist. Death metal angola (IFFR2013) points to that!

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