Fonko

Director Göran Olsson, Lamin Daniel Jadama, Lars Lovén
Sweden / 86 min. / 2016 / English, French, South African languages.


An ambitious voyage through Africa reveals the new music of a surviving continent: from cracked software in South Africa (with Afro-futurist goals), to Ghana’s “porn gospel”, predecessor to the crazy kuduro (“hard ass”) dance in the Angolan ghetto. All hot, freshly baked. And in each stanza: apartheid, colonization and war, but also hope and peace.

 

In the Wolof language, “Fonko” means, “love your neighbor”. Fonko is an ambitious voyage through Africa that reveals the new music of a surviving continent. Fonko decides to ignore the never-ending soukous, highlife or Congolese rumba, to trace the blazing, shocking reality that uses machines to program a new contemporary tradition. We’re not talking rupture, but radical transformation: we go from country to country, colliding with the cracked software in South Africa (and Afro-futurist ambitions) of Koriandah and Dirty Paraffin; the “gospel porn” of Fokn Bois, from Ghana, inventors of a new language, where “Africa meets Eastern Europe”; the sweet voice and universal love songs of Nneka, emerging from Lagos (Nigeria) and seeking to flee the colonial mentality: the mad kuduro (“hard ass”) dance of the Angolan ghetto; the Black Motion house scene in Pretoria (South Africa again). And a vast ensemble of countries and cutting-edge musicians. All steaming and freshly baked, yet never straying too far from the legacy of Fela Kuti (who appears throughout the film like a putative father). And in each stanza: apartheid, colonization and war, but also hope and peace.

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Leadings
Nozinja, Driemanskap, Ruby Gold, Black Coffee, Nneka, 2Face, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, a.m.o.,Daara J Family, Youssou N'dour, Didier Awadi, Sister Fa, Waga 3000, Smarty, Orchestre Polyrytmo, Kossi Apeson, Hakim, Wanlov the Kubulor, EL, Sarkodie, Diplo, Sister Deborah, Titica, Tony Amado, Djeff, Sebem

Screenwriter(s)
Göran Olsson, Lamin Daniel Jadama, Lars Lovén

Editor(s)
Lars Lovén, Göran Olsson

Producer
Tobias Janson, Göran Olsson

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