Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dunia Tuna Pita Live on stage at Sauti za Busara 2009

Lighting up the stage in front of a Zanzibari crowd who seemed able to sing along to every song, this is Samba Mapangala peforming 'Dunia Tuna Pita' which translates as 'We are just passing through this world'. Recorded at Sauti za Busara 2009. Featured instrumentalists Syran Mbenza, lead guitar, Komba Bellow, drums. Produced by Andy Jones, Screenstation, for Busara Promotions.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Malako on soundtrack for award-winning documentary "The People The Rain Forgot"

Director Sophia Tewa's film was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. The People The Rain Forgot tells the story of the most vulnerable victims of climate change in Africa. Drought haunts Kenya, ruining the livelihoods of millions. Whether it is man-made or the punishment of God, Kenyans don't agree. But the cause is widely known: the earth's climate is changing, fast. Pastoralists and farmers have to find new ways to survive as once-fertile lands are slowly turning into deserts. 2011.

Sophia Tewa is a New York-based journalist. She has worked with CNN and CBS. She teaches multimedia production at The Meridian, Lehman College. The People The Rain Forgot is her first documentary as a director and producer.