Four films make their Canadian debut this year at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month festival, Kuumba. The festival’s opening night will be celebrated with the Canadian launch of Curators of Hip-Hop, a tour through the lives of five “dreamers” looking to make their mark on the music industry. This just in: After the screening don’t miss out on an exclusive Q&A session with co-director/producer Jermaine Fletcher. Watch the trailer above.
Two of the three films in African Triple Feature on Saturday, February 7, look toward modern Africa. 100% Dakar is a must-see documentary that focuses on the creative arts scene and the young artists championing change through their art in the Senegalese capital. Electronic Roots: The Detroit Sound Project is a stunning short film exploring the deep origins of techno music in Detroit and how it has filtered throughout the world. Viewers will be transported to the legendary Capetown Electronic Music Festival, featuring Black Coffee and Richie Hawtin. The third film in this trifecta, Fantastic Man, traces the efforts of Luaka Bop, the record label founded by David Byrne (Talking Heads), to find the elusive and amazing Nigerian synthpop pioneer, William Onyeabor.
Electronic Roots: The Detroit Sound Project
The final Canadian film debut will be Kuumba’s closing feature on Sunday, February 8. Coming Back for More chronicles Dutchman Willem Alkema’s long search to track down the reclusive and iconic musician Sly Stone. The story begins in 2002, follows Stone’s journey out of the shadows and onto the stage for the first time since the ’70s, and concludes with the star’s first interview in more than 20 years.
Coming Back For More
Come down to Kuumba, February 6–8, and experience these extraordinary Canadian film debuts.