Fonko

  • 87'
  • Sweden
  • 2016

Today’s music revolution is taking place in Africa, where a new generation of enterprising musicians are mixing electronic club music with traditional rhythms and instruments. This energetically edited film is as dynamic and self-assured as the cultural vanguard that visualises it. A wealth of music styles passes by: Ghanaian azonto, South African House and the latest dance hype from Angola: kuduro. 
From Dakar to Johannesburg, up-and-coming local talents everywhere are expressing the sounds of their generation. More than fifty years after the rise of African independence movements, a new self-awareness is emerging and a new pop culture has sprung up in which the Western music industry is no longer dominant. The film also examines the way these creative developments can engender social change. Godfather of modern African pop music and prominent political activist Fela Kuti, whose statements form a leitmotif for the film, knew it more than twenty years ago: “Music is the weapon of the future.”

Directors
Lars Lovén, Lamin Daniel Jadama, Göran Hugo Olsson
Countries of production
Sweden, Germany
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
87'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, French, Portuguese, Wolof
Producer
Tobias Janson
Production Company
Story AB
Sales
First Hand Films
Screenplay
Lars Lovén, Lamin Daniel Jadama, Göran Hugo Olsson
Cinematography
Lars Lovén, Lamin Daniel Jadama, Göran Hugo Olsson, Ania Winiarska
Editor
Göran Hugo Olsson
Sound Design
Fredrik Stålne, Niklas Antonell