Docs That Rock

See Life. Support. Music. Online Now

For those intrigued by the doc I mentioned the other day Life. Support. Music., the entire movie is now streaming online at the PBS site until September. Check it out!

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July 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From Youssou N’Dour’s Eyes

Most Americans only know him from his key supporting backing vocals in Peter Gabriel’s old smash In Your Eyes as well as performances with Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Sting. But to West Africans, Youssou N’Dour is one of the biggest acts around. A documentary about him I Bring What I Love is playing in big cities now.

The film covers his concert tour in 2004 on stage and off, recounting how beyond his musicality, N’Dour became the public face of Islam after releasing his album “Egypt.” He called Islam a religion in which people “can dance, even enjoy” but some other Muslims accused him of “taining” Islam with pop culture. In a recent interview with New York magazine, N’dour says that the role of a musician where he comes from is broader than just music. He says, “People think that as a musician I should take an even stronger position in working for social causes or helping people.” Would be more interesting to see N’Dour’s courage from some U.S. musicians, or even celebrities in today’s risk-adverse era.

In a related note, fans of world music documentaries can find a bunch of them that stream for free on Folkstreams.net. And here is a guide from fan Megan Romer to some of the highlights of that collection.

July 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment