Youssou N'Dour: Return to Goree
This 2006 musical road movie, Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created. Youssou's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims.
From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with of some of the world's most exceptional musicians, Youssou N'Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert.
Director: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud. English and French with English subtitles.
Hans Lüdemann, Julien and Virginia Cornell Distinguished Visiting Professor
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009
SCIENCE CENTER 199
Sponsored by Swarthmore's Black Studies Program and the McCabe Library