Gangbé follows the exuberant Gangbé Brass Band as they set off on a pilgrimage from their homes in Benin to perform with Femi Kuti at The Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. The famous club is a symbol of Afrobeat, pioneered in the 1970s by Femi’s father, the late and legendary Fela Kuti.
Gangbé Brass Band have been touring the world for 15 years and have released four albums, but playing at The Shrine is the highlight for them.
“Normally, African bands seek recognition in Europe,” says one of the band members. “But in our case, it’s the complete opposite. The Gangbé Brass Band’s greatest feat is to play in Nigeria. In the home of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Femi Kuti, and Seun Kuti. It’s moments like this, when we play at The Shrine, a place of worship, a mystical place, that is the greatest recognition for us.”
Arnaud Robert’s documentary had its world premiere in competition at Visions Du Reel, who called it “an exciting journey in a contemporary Africa that re-invents itself with each piece of genius-like improvisation.”
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A brass band from the Republic of Benin departs in a bid to conquer the city of Lagos in Nigeria. The film tells of the clash between two Africas. On this long journey to the metropolis, the adventures of a continent are revealed; the new cultural poles of the South and the gaps that still separate these neighbouring countries. In encounters with Femi Kuti and the contemporary ideals of Pan-Africanism, the Gangbé Brass Band finds themselves immersed in a world of new ideas. The story of a different Africa, one that no longer solely aspires to the European dream. In a poetic and funky fashion, it opens up new horizons.
Special Guest – Richard Nwamba
Richard Nwamba – a trained English and History teacher – is an award-winning playwright, musician, actor and broadcaster. His radio show, “The African Connection with Richard Nwamba” was one of South Africa’s most celebrated and enduring shows for 23 years, celebrating the best of the music of Africa and its diaspora.
Richard is a regular contributor of articles on African music for such publications as Sawubona, Islander, and has contributed articles on African music for the UK’s premier world music magazine, Songlines.
He moderates/facilitates and gives lectures on African music at universities (University of Pretoria, Rhodes University, NMMU) and museums (The Museum of Asian Civilisations, Singapore) and other private functions (Goethe Institut and Moshito) and at The Plett Arts Festival. He contributes views on African music for the BBC.