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Hasaki Ya Suda (The Three Black Samurai)
Heavily influenced by samurai films from film makers such as Akira Kurosawa, filmaker Cédric Ido produced a short award winning film, Hasaki Ya Suda (The Three Black Samurai) set in the future. Joining the trend of films and projects that explore AfroFuturism, the film is a great exploration of the mixing of genres, culture and language. Hailing from Burkina Faso, Cedric ido is set to produce more feature films for Focus Features Africa and is set to join other reputable African film makers. Brilliant short film, indeed!
The 15th Alabama Dance Festival, which started Friday and continues through Jan. 30, reveals examples of a sweeping move toward globalization in modern dance:
A Korean choreographer sets a piece about Muhammad Ali, working with hip-hop dancers.
A Japanese artist works with an Urban Bush Women choreographer in New Orleans, along with artists from Burkina Faso and Jamaica.
Ronald Brown, director of the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Evidence, A Dance Company, has incorporated dance from the Senegambia region of West Africa in his own choreography.
The dance scene in Alabama has grown to become very vibrant!
“Native Sun,” is a short-film, set in Ghana, that follows an imaginative young boy as he searches for his father. The movie, written and co-directed by Blitz the Ambassador, features music from his upcoming album of the same title.
It’s a brilliant visual representation of Africa, much different from the average perspective of poverty and despair. A reality of Ghana seen through the whimsical eyes of a young boy.
The Noise of Cairo, a new film documentary about the art scene in Cairo after the revolution
The film follows the interplay between art and the revolution in Egypt. Protest of any kind was punished violently in pre-revolutionary Egypt and artistic expression was considered nothing but a threat to the status quo. But since the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship, the art scene in Cairo is flourishing once again. A very inspirational film. If you’re interested in the arts and/or Africa, I think you’ll love this.
Music from Saharan cellphones
This is a compilation of music collected from memory cards of cellular phones in the Saharan desert. V. cool tracks to kick in the year 2012!!!
The songs chosen for the compilation highlight music that is immensely popular on the unofficial mp3/cellphone network from Abidjan to Bamako to Algiers, but have limited or no commercial release. They’re also songs that tend towards self production.
Spoleto Festival USA is fast approaching. The festival will take place in 14 venues across the country, in theaters, churches and open-air sites from May 25 through June 10. there’s an amazing line up of concerts, chamber music, visual arts, acrobatic performances and dance. 140 shows in all.
The Philip Glass opera “Kepler,” will have its American premiere during the Festival. The opera is about astronomer Johannes Kepler…awesome!
The dance lineup includes performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet….always beautiful!
The internationally known arts festival was started in Charleston in 1977 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti as a companion to his Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Here’s the performance line up: http://www.spoletousa.org/home/
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