Visions of Music: Wakafrika
Visions of Music - World Jazz invites the viewer on a journey to the roots of music, introducing the enormous impact that traditional music from around the world has had on contemporary jazz. This program features legendary musicians such as BB King, Dino Saluzzi, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Zawinul Joe, Manu Dibango, Abdullah Ibrahim, as well as new generation representatives such as Nicholas Payton, Cyro Baptista, and Don Byron. In this episode of the Visions of Music series, Manu Dibango explains the influence of African music on jazz. This Cameroonian musician has developed a unique style combining jazz, funk, and traditional music of Cameroon.
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations - Moods
Since its opening in 1992, jazz club Moods has developed into one of Zurich’s largest and most prominent cultural venues. At the same time, it has become one of Europe’s prominent jazz clubs which today enjoys a well-deserved worldwide reputation among musicians and critics. The venue books a large variety of genres, ranging from jazz and soul to electronic and international music. At Moods, British singer Hannah Williams captures the sound of 1960s soul music, mixing it with funk and rock influences. This groovy blend caught music industry giant Jay-Z's attention: he sampled one of Williams' songs on his album '4:44'.
Liran Donin - Music Meeting
Since 1985, the Dutch city of Nijmegen has been welcoming the International Music Meeting Festival every Pentecost. Ranging from jazz and improvisational music to traditional music and unique crossovers, this adventurous festival is all about musical encounters and international collaborations. In 2019, Tel Aviv-born bass player, producer and composer Liran Donin appeared here. Donin has collaborated with high-profile, cutting-edge artists, bands and projects. With his distinctive powerhouse groove and virtuoso approach to both the electric and double bass, Liran pushes the bass well beyond its boundaries.
Omar Sosa - Quarteto Afrocubano
While always keeping one foot firmly anchored in the traditions of his home country, Cuba, Omar Sosa tirelessly explores music from the Caribbean to India, and West Africa to the Arab world. Since he left Cuba in 1993, the pianist has been blending his Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, hip hop, electro and world music. For his 2018 performance at Théâtre de Villefranche-sur-Saône, he brings to stage his Quarteto Afrocubano members Childo Tomas (electric bass & vocals), Ernesto Simpson (drums), and Leandro Saint-Hill (saxophones, flute, percussion & vocals). Together, they create a riveting instrumental dialogue. Celebrating rhythm in all its forms, this Omar Sosa concert is an intense and mystical experience.
Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth
American jazz singer and Grammy-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater embarks on a journey through Mali in search of her musical and spiritual roots. Assisted by producer Cheick Tidiane Seck, Dee Dee sets out to discover the ‘traditional’ music of the country, and to collaborate with singers, drummers, ngoni and kora players. She meets and records with celebrated artists, such as ‘jelimusow’ (female griot) Tata Bambo and world-famous ‘wassoulou’ singer Oumou Sangaré. The documentary showcases the particular popularity and strength of female Malian artists who, since the growth of cassette-based music culture in the 1980s, have come to dominate the music scene.