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Film screening: BAMcinématek’s three-Monday “Saharan Frequencies series” dedicated to the music of North Africa.

26772_2013_CTEK_Deephearts4_613x463Date: Monday, March 4, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Bam Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $12

Inspired by the aesthetic of the intrepid recordists at film and record label Sublime FrequenciesSaharan Frequencies series explores the sounds of North Africa as captured by two of the label’s key directors Hisham Mayet and Olivia Wyatt and their influences. Presented in conjunction with Mic Check on BAM’s mainstage.

“The entraining beats and politically 
engaged music of famed Moroccan quintet Nass El Ghiwane is the subject of 
director Ahmed El Maanouni’s 1981 concert-doc Trances, which opens BAMcinématek’s three-Monday Saharan Frequencies series dedicated to the music of North Africa. The film has been 
restored by the World Cinema Foundation at the behest of Martin Scorsese, whose Last Temptation of Christ it influenced. Nass El Ghiwane’s immense popularity also permeates Hisham Mayet’s Musical Brotherhoods From the Trans-Saharan Highway, a 2008 look at the spectacular traditional and contemporary ensembles kicking out their sacred jams night after night in Marrakech’s crowded, colorful, and fragrant Jemaa Al Fna square. Past and present dovetail dynamically in the two films, which will be discussed by Mayet and music journalist Byron Coley following Brotherhoods’s screening.” — By Richard Gehr

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DVD recommendation: Folk Cinema – this WORLD is UNREAL like a SNAKE in a ROPE?!

Title: This World Is Unreal Like A Snake In A Rope
Cat.#: DVD SF073
Label: Sublime Frequencies
Release date: out
Genre: trad. South Indian music
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A film by Robert Millis. Folk cinema from the eternal never-ending collage that is INDIA. A journey through the ancient Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu featuring Hindu trance ceremonies, street music, festivals, nagaswaram improvisations, impossibly loud cities, ancient temples, processions, devotions, decay, fireworks, abstractions and more. India is impossible to know: it is impossibly old and impossibly new, impossibly rich and impossibly poor, quiet and chaotic. Offered here is one perspective, raw, captured live and in the moment, with an emphasis on India’s complex and mesmerizing sounds. DVD features bonus photo gallery with over 100 images. 50 minutes/Color; digipack; all-region DVD; NTSC format. Limited one-time edition of 1000 copies.

Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies): folk cinema.

2 Films by Hisham Mayet (owner of  Sublime Frequencies Rec): “folk cinema,”  whose aim is to capture the personal essence and rituals of cultures, from the Bori cult dance ceremony to the ancient mystical gatherings formed around centuries-old Moroccan trade caravans.


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