Fonko

by Daniel Jadama, Lars Lovén, Göran Hugo Olsson

A political statement pervaded by the pace of new sounds rather than a musical showcase: “Music is a weapon. The music is the future of Africa.”

  • Saturday, January 28th, 2017 – h: 17.30 at Cinema Massimo Sala 2
  • Friday, February 3rd, 2017 – h: 20.00 at Cinema Massimo Sala 2

Today, the great musical revolution is taking place in Africa, where the urban music club merges with traditional styles. The latest technology and the speed of communication have created new and excellent talents whose music and ideas are spreading rapidly to the rest of the world. Traveling from Dakar through Accra, Lagos and Luanda and coming up to Johannesburg we meet some of the most creative and interesting young artists of today’s scene. Music videos and the words the voice of Fela Kuti, taken from the unpublished archive interviews, accompany this journey.

Directed by: Daniel Jadama, Lars Lovén, Göran Hugo Olsson
Sweden, Germany, Switzerland – 2016 – 87min – o.v. sub ita
Genre: Documentary

Lamin Daniel Jadama is a documentary filmmaker who started as a producer and radio host for various programs at the National Swedish Radio (SR). Since then he has focused more on documentaries and storytelling within the African continent and its diasporas. Today he is working closely with the award-winning Swedish production company Story.

Lars Lovén is a freelance journalist and music critic from 2005 for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, with a focus on non-European music. He directed the TV series Fonko, produced by Story for SVT, and also created, with Daniel Jadama, the radio series Radio Brazzaville for Sverigesradiop2 channel. In recent years, he hasmainly written about the modern and explosive development of music in Africa, which he has studied in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. That’s the same music he plays as a DJ, the most beautiful is from Accra, Abidjan, Kinshasa and Luanda.

Göran Hugo Olsson is a documentarist awarded by Sundance and by the Swedish Film Festival. He is one of the creators of the Swedish TV series Elbyl and Ikon and in addition to a series of short videos, Göran Hugo Olsson has also filmed the documentary Fuck You, Fuck You Very Much (1998), Am I Black Enough For You (2009) and The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011). From 1999 to 2002 he had been a committee member for the Swedish Film Institute. His documentary Concerning Violence was nominated for the Best Nordic Documentary competition.