A pulsating journey across the far-flung corners of Africa from the creators of the Black Power Mixtape.
From the directors of the Black Power Mixtape, Fonko is a pulsating journey across the far-flung corners of Africa, a guide to social and political tumults as seen through the lens of underground music and dance cultures. Capturing the urgency of the times, the rhythms and sounds from the clubs to the streets, the film explores musical revolutions in the genres of Kuduro, Coupé-Décalé, Ndombolo, Azonto, Afro-beat, Hiplife and South African house, as young musicians fight to reclaim their roots. Narrated by hip hop-jazz giant Neneh Cherry, in her own words: “African related music has for decades influenced what we now call modern music, without any credit given. It just so happens that today’s young generation of musicians are ready to take on the world, and claim that credit.”
Dir: Göran Hugo Olsson, Lamin Daniel Jadama and Lars Lovén Sweden/Germany 2016, 87 mins