A STORY OF SAHEL SOUNDS

Tue 25.04 - 20:00 // SCREENING, TALK // ACUD STUDIO
A STORY OF SAHEL SOUNDS

On the 25th of April, at ACUD Studio, Experimental Berlin are proud to present the Berlin premiere of A Story of Sahel Sounds, a German made documentary of the American (Portland to be exact) label Sahel Sounds which documents beautiful music from West Africa, especially the Sahel region, which borders to the Sahara desert and includes such countries as Niger and Sudan.
 
The filmmakers Florian Kläger, Tobias Adam will be present. The screening will be framed by a short Q&A moderated by Shanti Suki Osman.
 
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ABOUT
 
Shot on three continents, this film provides an inside look at Christopher Kirkley’s project “Sahel Sounds” – a blog, record label and platform to explore arts and music of the Sahel region through non-traditional ethnographic fieldwork.
 
We follow Chris from Portland to Niger, where he meets some of his long term collaborators as well as new artists. On a road trip from the capital to Agadez, the gateway to the Saharan desert, we witness stunning music performances along the way and after figuring out ridiculous Visa-workarounds, Mdou Moctar and his band set out on their very first European tour to excite audiences, while a hairdresser from Tahoua dreams of America, a place where cellphone recordings are pressed onto high-fidelity vinyl discs for the audience of the future.
 
Not a strict portrait, nor a straight music documentary, a story of Sahel Sounds celebrates the wide range of musical performances of current artists from Niger, while leaving room to reflect on today’s role of ethnomusicology. Still held back by asymmetrical power differentials, but now backed up by an expanding globalism and new possibilities to claim their independence, artists try to reach for success – on stages and on cellphones. // Homepage
 

 
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DI 25.4 // 20H // 8€
ACUD STUDIO // SCREENING+TALK
experimental berlin presents
A STORY OF SAHEL SOUNDS
a documentary of the beautiful music from west africa, especially the sahel region, two of the filmmakers will be present
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