Volker Goetze's documentary Griot
will begin a cross Canada tour here in Toronto on October 24th at the Royal Cinema. We have the trailer to share with you below.
While the film tours the country there will also be single night concerts at each of the venues the night before. Stops also include concert dates in Kitchner/Waterloo and Peterborough, ON. Concert and screenings will also happen in Montreal, Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver.
"Senegalese kora and western trumpet make fabulous music together! Volker Goetze's enthralling documentary melds dazzling visuals and haunting songs to serve up a feast for the senses. Griot introduces us to Goetze's own soulful trumpet stylings and the extraordinary voice and calabash harp artistry of Ablaye Cissoko. "Africa is the spiritual centre of the Planet Earth," claims one of the many contributors to this enchanting film, and, given the evidence, it is a claim that becomes difficult to disprove.
Ostensibly, Goetze's documentary sets out to explore the history and role of the "griots" whose spiritual and musical talents are passed "through the blood" from generation to generation. Their role is many-faceted: historian, storyteller, praise-singer, poet and musician. Ablaye Cissoko, thinker, leader and gifted musician, is an example.
The film has at least three elements that compel our attention and capture our minds and hearts: the outstanding music; the cinematography, which brings to life the vibrant colours of West Africa and the splendors of its natural life; and the almost hallucinatory animation which adds another texture to the music. In common with other exceptional documentaries, Griot amounts to more than the sum of its parts. It is a paean to the senses: at moments our eyes are dazzled by what we see, at others we can close them and just let the haunting music flow through us."
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