We are happy to present: LAND OF THE SONGHAI, a film By Hisham Mayet (45 minutes, 2011). The screening is part of the ongoing Folk music series “When the Devil is Gone I Mostly Feel Lonely”.
Sublime Frequencies co-founder Hisham Mayet’s latest film explores the music and landscape of Songhai country in Western Niger.
Traveling down the Niger River, Mayet’s camera encounters Zarma mock possession hoedowns, Wodaabe trance vocal performances, spirit possession ceremonies, Godje one string laments,Contigi string masters, Comsaa griots and Sahel night markets, creating a dynamic and fascinating glimpse into this arid but culturally vibrant bend in the Niger river.
Land of the Songhai | Trailer
Simmering up from the rebel heart of the Tuareg guitar scene, the film will be followed by a concert of Group Inerane at the Festsaal Kreuzberg next door. The band is a rough-hewn, tranced-out psychedelic juggernaut careering off the path beaten to the West by their peers Tinariwen and Group Bombino, coursing along a thrillingly scuzzed-up parallel lineage to Link Wray, The Velvet Underground and even Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Land of the Songhai SCREENING
presented by Palais Wittgenstein / CTM-Concerts / Festsaal Kreuzberg & Digital In Berlin
Monday, 21 November 2011 | 19:00 CET
Monarch | Skalitzer Str. 134 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg