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Durban International Film Festival to celebrate music in and through film

July 27, 2009

Youssou N'dour in the Durban International Film Festival's "I Bring What I Love"

Youssou N'dour in the Durban International Film Festival's "I Bring What I Love"

Music is one of the most important background elements in the making of great films. At the Durban International Film Festival, ending on 2 August, there are several films in which music itself takes the centre stage.

The strong music strand in this year’s festival includes Emma Franz’s compelling Intangible Asset No 82, which is about a jazz drummer and his search for a South Korean grandmaster musician. Leading Australian musician Simon Barker embarks on a long journey, both personal and geographical, after being captivated by an album of Korean percussion instruments.

Nora is a brilliant performance film about the life of dancer Nora Chipaumire. It features music by Zimbabwean legend Thomas Mapfumo.

The Silver Fez, which is a world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival, is an intense look at the rivalry inherent in the Cape Malay music scene. It is directed by Lloyd Ross, a well-known figure on the music scene for Shifty Records, a company that distributed some of the most cutting-edge and contentious music in the eighties. The film allows us to meet Kaatji Davids, a house painter who has an old banjo and some loyal friends, and also thinks that he can topple Hadji Bucks, the champion of Cape Malay music. The prize is the Silver Fez, which is the “Holy Grail” of Cape Town’s Islamic subculture.

Yande Codou and Youssou N’dour, two legends from Senegal, can be seen in Yandé Codou, The Griot of Senghor and Youssou N’dour: I Bring What I Love respectively. Another musical documentary is Roger Lucey’s Aria Del Africa, which takes an inspiring look at how opera is being adopted by the black South African youth.

For more information about the films, screening schedules and the workshop programme, click here

The principal screening venues for the festival are: the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre; Nu Metro CineCentre – Suncoast; Ster Kinekor Junction – Musgrave; Cinema Nouveau – Gateway; Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMushu; and The Royal Hotel. There will also be other screenings in township areas where cinemas do not exist. Programme booklets are also available for free at cinemas, Computicket, and other outlets.

For more information, call 031 260 2506 or 031 260 1650.

For a great selection of places to stay with discount prices visit Durban Hotels for more information.

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