The Ghana premiere of “Music Across Borders”, a documentary film on how music crosses borders, will come off on Saturday, September 10 at the Efua Sutherland Drama Studio, University of Ghana, Legon.

Created and directed by Gameli Tordzro, the film responds to current debates on migration. It also explores musicians’ views on how their music encounters and negotiates borders to impact on people across the world.

The documentary forms part of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Large Grant project dubbed ‘Researching Multilingually at The Borders of Language, The Body, Law and The State (RM Borders).’

RM Borders is led by Professor Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the School of Education, University of Glasgow.

The project, which partners with several institutions across the world, is in collaboration with the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana.

The film and its screening forms part of a research programme by Tordzro. The film focuses on Danish jazz musician, composer and saxophonist, Katrine Suwalski and her band, Another World.

It showcases a musical journey the band made to Ghana in 2015 and their collaboration with Ghanaian musicians, Elivava and Okyerema Kwamena Pra.

The film, which premiered in Glasgow, Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier this year, explores the musicality of language and treats music as a form of language.

As part of the premiere, there will be a chat by Tordzro and Suwalski to be followed by a concert featuring Suwalski, Elivava and Okyerema Pra, as well as flutist Dela Botri and Hewale Sounds.

Tordzro’s documentary filmmaking is driven by his passion for music and its role and importance in everyday life.

A theatre director, musician and composer, his filmmaking career started from the National Film and Television Institute in Accra with his award-winning student film titled ‘The Plight of Our Music and Dance.’

Tordzro is also the winner of a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (2015) for his work with Scotland-based German theatre director Kai Fischer’s ‘Last Dream On Earth’ production.

Hewale Sounds and Suwalski are scheduled to perform at the Piano Bar in Accra on Friday, September 9 and at the +233 Jazz Bar& Grill on Sunday, September


Source: Graphic Online


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