AfriDocs brings top African music documentaries to TV

During the month of February, AfriDocs’ two weekly documentary slots - now on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8pm Central African Time (GMT+2) as well as weekends - will feature some of Africa’s most loved musical talents, both historical and contemporary.

Lebogang Rasethaba and Spoek Mathambo. Photo by Justice Mukheli
Lebogang Rasethaba and Spoek Mathambo. Photo by Justice Mukheli

AfriDocs screens every Tuesday at 8pm (GMT+2) on DStv ED Channel 190 & GoTV across sub-Saharan Africa.

From Morocco to South Africa, Cape Verde to Madagascar, documentaries featuring Salif Keita, Cesaria Evora, Bi Kidude, Abdullah Ibrahim, Oliver Mtukudzi, Bob Marley, Omar Sosa, Sister Fa, Spoek Mathambo as well as stories from the Malian Festival Au Desert, and Paul Simon’s Graceland, to the history of punk in Africa – the AfriDocs African Music Film Month is unmissable television!

Presented in conjunction with Zanzibar’s annual Sauti za Busara music festival, taking place from 12-15 Feb, this month-long musical extravaganza celebrates the music of Africa and its diaspora – discover the music and culture of Kenya, Zanzibar, Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, Senegal, Cape Verde, Morocco, Ghana, Angola and beyond only on DStv 190 ED channel and GO TV.

Tuesday 3 February 2015: Under African Skies - Joe Berlinger | South Africa | 2012 | 89 min

Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the journey of his Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.

Thursday, 5 February 2015: The Future Sound of Msanzi - Lebogang Rasethaba & Nthato Mokgata (Spoek Mathambo) | South Africa | 2014 | 76 min

This film explores the past, present and future of the electronic music scene and its multiple sub-genres in South Africa – the mission was simple: to meet up with some of their heroes, colleagues, competitors, and co-conspirators…an ever-potent gang of electronic music pioneers sculpting The Future Sound of Mzansi. Make sure to take part in a live twitter Q & A  with @SPOEK_MATHAMBO after the screening – just use #FutureSoundAfriDocs

Thursday, 5 February 2015: Afripedia Angola - Teddy Goitom | Angola | 2014 | 28 min |

Welcome to Angola, home of heavy electro music known as kuduro. Follow us across the pulsating city of Luanda as we delve into the kuduro evolution and meet the people charting its course.

For the full programme schedule and synopses of the films, please go to www.afridocs.net or www.facebook.com/AfriDocs

You can also follow AfriDocs on twitter: @Afri_Docs – use #AfriDocsMusicMonth to stay up to date.

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