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Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements is a multinational documentary film by Sara Gouveia (Portugal), Calum MacNaughton (South Africa) and Ángela Ramirez (Colombia).
“If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, the clash of marching bands, the pizzazz of the Klopse, a driving primal beat and a lot of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema, Goema, Goema! Weaving together the ancient, the traditional and the classical into the distinctive sound of Cape Town, Mac MacKenzie, musical mastermind and founder of The Genuines and The Goema Captains of Cape Town, puts the final touches on the culmination of his life’s work: “Goema Symphony No. 1.” Musicians Hilton Schilder, Ernestine Deane and Kyle Shepherd add context while The Cape Town Goema Orchestra rehearses for its première performance at the SABC Studios Auditorium.”
Mama Goema screens during Creative Week as part of the Tri Continental Film Festival:
* Saturday 17 September 2011 @ 20.00 – V&A Nouveau (Filmmakers in attendance)