Blue Notes and Exiled Voices

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

An informative, well-made documentary from the Ceddo workshop about the experience of exile of the generations of black South African musicians who have emigrated to Britain since the mid-'50s. It's a mixture of talking head interviews, archive footage, stills and well-integrated performances - from the Mervyn Africa Quintet, the Brotherhood of Breath, and the Hugh Masakela Band (which ends the film with a deeply expressive rendition of 'Healing'). The interviewees came over in different waves: Masakela as a reaction to the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, for instance, and many others to join their already exiled friends; many stayed - like Pinise Saul - after London shows such as King Kong and Ipi Tombi. Mervyn Africa describes the stresses - SA was never out of their hearts - and how too many of his fellow musicians have died young. The film sheds additional light on the pervasive tragic effects of apartheid.


Release details

52 mins

Cast and crew

Imruh Bakari
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