New Shortfilm by Roadmusic Productions 2018
World Premiere at Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) October 4 - 7, 2018
"So Kou - The Horse's Tail and his Master Player Zoumana Téréta, gives an insight into the history of an ancient instrument and a master player who contributed at making it better known to the world. The sensation of a strong symbiosis between the master and the So Kou emerges, casting a feeling of purity and sincerity."
Zoumana Tereta, also called Zou recorded albums toured the world with all Stars of the Malian Music scene; Saly Sidibé, Ténin Djini Damba, Hawa Koni, Mahawa Doumbia, Miss Maawa, Kagbe Sidibe, Maï Koné, Samba Touré, Oumou Sangaré, Bela Fleck, Bassekou Kouyate. He also collaborated with Badema National and the Instrumental Ensemble of Mali and will adapt "So Kou" to the rap with Zion B and Reggea with Tikken Jah Fakoli.
His voice, between tenor and medium, makes cry those who listen to him. So-Kou ( monotonous violin) lost his virtuoso on May 15th, 2017.
Watch the trailer.
BEST International Documentary Film
Awarded to Marco Romano
Member of Jury
TV BRICS CEO
Mr.Venkatesh Kumar G
Festival Director & Founder
Painting by ARMANDO TERZI
People and cultures come together in the universe of music. From a funk-a-liscious rock to ethnic desert and bush rhythms, the ethno-experimental band Spacewalk travels, discovers and connects the melting points of music from around the world since the year 2000. Spacewalk is one of the first worldmusic bandprojects.
The cultural journey to Timbuktu
"The cultural journey to Timbuktu" wins
Best Film Development Award 2017
Official screening NOV 23, 2017:
The Cultural Journey To Timbuktu at SOAS, London UK
Public · Hosted by We The Peoples Film Festival.
This musical documentary reflects the importance of culture and music in a country like Mali. Its populations and economy have been torn apart by a war that's not theirs to fight. How can a peaceful country with an incredible cultural heritage like Mali get destabilised in such a short time? What are the effect on the people and the long standing culture?
"La route culturelle vers Tombouctou"
Ce documentaire musical tente d'éclairer l'importance de culture / musique dans un pays comme le Mali en Afrique de l'Ouest pour ses populations.
Nous suivons certains personnages clés de la scène culturelle malienne, qui manifestent à travers leurs travaille dans la Musique/ l'Art et le Tourisme, l' impact sur l'activité / l' intensité artistique dans la société multiculturelle malienne, pendant et après les crises, causé par un Coup d'Etat et l'invasion et l'occupation du Nord du Mali en 2012/2013 par les rebelles Touaregues et des groupes extrémistes!
Comment se fait qu'un pays paisible avec un patrimoine culturel incroyable comme le Mali se soit déstabilisé!
Le film tente également d' indiquer les effets causées par des strategies geopolitiques resultant sur l'économie locale, le tourisme et la situation des artistes du spectacle!
We are rolling the beat with: Spacewalk, Miss Maawa, Kerfala Kanta Jr and AC BC
produced by Roadmusic Productions.
Roadmusic productions was founded by Marco Romano between Scotland and Switzerland in 1999. Previously based in Italy, Switzerand, Ghana and since 2008 currently residing in Bamako, Mali.
Roadmusic Productions supports music which unites different styles, rhythms and traditions for a unique experience between cultures.
Marco Romano – Musicien, Compositeur, Réalisateur, Producteur, Expert de Culture/Music/Tourism.
Marco Romano is a Swiss Italian who has setup his independent audio-visual label Roadmusic Productions in Kati - Koulikoro, Mali- Westafrica.
He has worked with different Malian and International artists (Miss Maawa, Shacka Soumbounou, Kerfala Kante Jr., Lee Scratch Perry, Zou Tereta, Kassim Sidibe, Pat Appiah Yeboha, Samy Ga, Toreli Vakhtang, Lukas Piendibene, Belmond Ndjike, DeLab, Jono, Zanza, Remy Straeuli, Pascal Gruenenfelder, Jesimori Kante, Keletigui Diabaté, Sibri Koné, Vieux Paré).
Marco Romanos past experience includes training locals in southern Mali in the field of agriculture, ecology and renewable energies. At the present he is working as a musician, music producer, filmmaker and through a network of local artists, his aim to create a cooperation between the tourism and music industry in Mali. Exporting their rich cultural heritage to American, European and Asian audiences would stimulate a redevelopment for global musical platforms around the world.
As a music therapist Marco Romano considers culture an important part of a healthy society and for this he has now filmed several documentaries
He has filmed his first documentary in 2013/2015, "The Cultural Journey to Timbuktu" awarded in 2017 "Best Documentary Development" at the "We the peoples Festival", London-UK
2016 - A short musical Video about Water "Niger - Water", directed by Marco Romano
2017 - An african woman "Hope", directed by Shambar
2018 - A short film about the Late "Zoumana Tereta" and his traditional Instrument;
"So Kou - The Horse's Tail - Tribute to Zoumana Tereta", directed by Marco Romano
2020 Awrded best international documentary film by TV Brics, India/Russia;
all of these project were produced by Wind-and Solarenergy!
2020 future roadmusic prod. releases :
- New Album recorded live @ Bogolain Studio, Bamako by Kerfala Kante Jr.
- New Compilation Album by AC BC "One love and CulturRize"
- Elefant beforeYouMan a Musicalshortfilm feat. Lee Scratch Perry / MC Spacewalk
- AfroCeltic BeatConnections "Re-Time your rhythm"
Marco Romano- Musician, Producer, Filmmaker
1. Formation- Ingénieur Agronome, ETH, Zürich /CH.
2. Formation- Music Therapist, APIM Genova / I.
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