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SA DOCUMENTARY FOR COLUMBIA SCREENING (article first published : 2007-09-28)

African Noise Foundation is proud to announce the selection of a South African documentary production for screening in the prestigious Columbia University Columbia Harlem Festival of Global Jazz Documentary Film. The September 29 screening will be preceded by a concert of the Zim Ngqawana Quartet.

The documentary is the 45-minute Unyazi of the Bushveld (2007) directed by Aryan Kaganof.

The Zulu word "unyazi" can be translated into English as "lightning," an apposite double image of rupture and new beginnings for UNYAZI 2005, Africa's first festival of electronic music, the brainchild of new music composer Dimitri Voudouris.

Aryan Kaganof's documentary on this singular historical event is suitably non-linear in structure, as it explores the complex relationship, both assumed and actual, among technology, the African and Afrodiasporic worlds, and the multiculturalism that mediates them.

“We are presented with a vision freed from the romantically anti-technological stances of the early N�gritude movement (and that of 1960s American black cultural nationalisms), and the concomitant assumptions that nothing of a technological nature can emerge from a black-ruled world,” explains Kaganof. “But we are never far from South Africa's recent history. Until this festival, jazz drummer Louis Moholo, exiled since the early 1960s, had never been on the campus of Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand--or rather, as he commented drily, "We came, but they chased us off with dogs. That was 1962."




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