Music Across Borders is a new documentary series created by and directed by Glasgow based Ghanaian documentary filmmaker Gameli Tordzro as part of the RM Borders project.
The Music Across Borders series aims to trace the lively stories of how music crosses the borders of language, body, state and law. These borders shift continuously and inflict pain poverty, pain and misery on innocent people.
The series celebrates the connections music brings and maintains between people across the world in spite of economic barriers, state barriers, barriers of language, war and race. It responds directly to today’s migration crisis and explores musician’s view on how their music negotiates difficulties and impacts on people across the world. The documentary series is part of Gameli Tordzro’s current PhD research on Creative Arts and Translating Cultures.
This World Premier of the first episode, is on Katrina Suwalski and her Another World Band’s Ghana Tour 2015 when she returns to the country twenty years after she first visited and was influenced by the the Ghanaian musical culture and its people. The film captures her collaboration with some of Ghana’s musical ambassadors including Nii Ayi Solomon, Odomankoma Okyerema Pra and Tina Mensah aka Elivava.
It treats the use of music as language within the context of migration and multilingual cultures across the borders and how language can be understood through intuition. The documentary film traces the manifestation of the historical and cultural links between Ghana and Denmark in the connections established between Danish Musicians and their Ghanaian counterparts, how they have used their music to cross multiple barriers and enriched themselves, others the cultures of many countries.
The director Gameli Tordzro the GRAMNet musician-in-Residence and a winner of the prestigious Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland Music Category (CATS) 2015
Glasgow Premier Screening and Concerts:
Monday the 11th April 2016 at the CCA: Centre for contemporary Arts Glasgow 350 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G2 3DJ
Tuesday and Wednesday the 12th & 13th April 2016 at the Glad Café, 1006 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41
The screening programme includes a chat with the director and Katrina Suwalski, and a concert by Another World Band, Hesu (Spirit of Music) in collaboration with Paragon Music and the CCA.