KBOO at the Clinton: Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Amandla!  A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

 February 11, 2014, marks the 27th anniversary when South African freedom leader Nelson Mandela walked free from prison.  Please join KBOO and the Clinton Street Theater to celebrate this historic event, with a special short talk on the power of music in Africa by Baba Wague Diakite, renowned artist and story-teller from Mali, and a screening afterward of the film, "Amandla!  A Revolution In Four Part Harmony."

This moving and inspiring film documents the history of protest music in South Africa within the context of the struggle against Apartheid. Amandla is a Xhosa and Zulu word meaning power'. The word was a popular rallying cry of the African National Congress during the decades of resistance.   Through archival footage and interviews, Amandla! creates a vivid portrait of the vital role music played in the liberation movement; how songs brought communities together, empowered resistance in the face of brutal oppression, and sowed fear among the ruling White minority.  Amandla! captures both the sorrow and the triumph of life in South Africa throughout the decades of struggle.

The soundtrack is as powerful as the story itself, featuring performances from such influential artists/activists as Miriam Makeba, Vusi Mahlasela, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Hugh Masekela.  Directed by Lee Hirsch.

The film won the Audience Award and the Freedom of Expression Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, where it was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It also won awards at several other film festivals including those in Telluride, Colorado, Durban International Film Festival, South Africa and Sydney, Australia.

More info about Baba Wague Diakite: http://babawague.wordpress.com

More info about Amandla!  Revolution in Four Part Harmony: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amandla!:_A_Revolution_in_Four-Part_Harmony

 See a trailer of the video here
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, Portland.


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