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Vol 7. Africa

Senegalese musician Wasis Diop became known through his work on Hyènes / Hyenas directed by his brother Djibril Diop Mambety. In collaboration with Loy Ehrlich, Diop also composed music for Le prix du pardon / The Price of Forgiveness by Mansour Sora Wade, a tale of love and vengeance. For Trilogie d’amour, Laurence Attali worked with saxophonist Ahmëdou Doukoure (Même le vent) and Cheikh Lô who sings ‘Je t’aime’ in several languages (Le Déchaussé). Love is also the theme in Une femme pour Souleymane by Diana Gaye, the story of an arranged marriage, and Madame Brouette by Moussa Sene Absa, depicting a crime of passion, featuring songs by Diogal Sakho and Ndeye Seneba Seck respectively. Imunga Ivanga’s Dolé depicts life around a national lottery stand in the Gabon, featuring the sweet voice of Annie-Flore Batchiellilys. Cesaria Evora sings ‘Sodade’ in the eponymous documentary filmed by Eric Muet Marie. Ousmane William Mbaye’s documentary Xalima la plume is dedicated to the talented guitarist Seydina Insa Wade returning to his hometown Dakar. When the Malian Abderrahman Sissako came to film La vie sur terre / Life on Earth, the story of a son’s homecoming on the eve of 2000, Marie Poncheville accompanied him (La Projection). Life, cinema and music mingle in these films, which feature the great African voices of Salif Keita and the Malian blind couple Amadou and Mariam. Oumou Sangare is heard in Sissako’s Heremakono / Waiting For Happiness (‘En attendant le bonheur’). Flora Gomes’s Nha Fala(Ma voix) / My Voice, a musical comedy about a talent hunt, is scored by Manu Dibango. In Trois fables africaines / Three African Tales by Luis Marquès and Claude Gnakouri, Cameroonian folk music is the background to relations between blacks and whites, often tense, sometimes comical. Marc Beacco’s balafon features in Cheik Doukoure’s Blanc d’ébène / The Ebony White Man set in Guinea’s colonial past. Barbecue Pejo, about Africans encountering consumer society, is written, produced, directed and scored by Jean Oudoutan. Abouna / Our Father by Mahamat Saleh Haroun is the bitter-sweet story of two children who believe they have found on a cinema screen the father who abandoned them.