Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Did you know the banjo is an African instrument?
' “Throw Down Your Heart” follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and record an album. Béla's boundary-breaking musical adventure takes him to Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali, and provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of Africa. Using his banjo, Béla transcends barriers of language and culture, finding common ground and forging connections with musicians from very different backgrounds. ‘
Just an uplifting slice of life and culture in the small village of Touba Mali Africa. Shot during a motorbike rally, the guys show off their wheels to some great music.
"Throw in a music track from Mylmo, one of Mali’s politically-driven up and coming rappers, and you can see, cultures may vary in their struggles, but humans are human wherever you go.”
Video made by The Good Line.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Some young dudes in Mexico talk about making and performing some really cool music with entirely home made instruments made out of junk and stuff.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Making the ‘One World Cup’ soundtrack
Besides the experience of actually going out and shooting this documentary making the music has become the most rewarding and interesting part for me personally. Music is a part of the subject matter of ‘One World Cup' in some respects. There is always singing, drums and lots of noise that goes along with the worlds most popular sport, everywhere I went there was music being made and played. I was exposed to so many sounds from all over the world while shooting and 'One World Cup' needs a rich soundtrack to create that sense of atmosphere. It has been a great opportunity to be a real student of music and listen to so much of my favourite stuff but in a different way, to learn rather than just enjoy.
Making music easy! Sort of. I have been recording and sampling a bunch of inexpensive instruments like a jawharp, thumb piano, harmonica and some cheap, home made instruments. You can make so much interesting noise with little money. It will all be spiced up with some electronic techniques and sounds to create an eclectic mix of urban and modern styles, further reflecting the themes and setting of the documentary.
Please watch the two unofficial trailers I have made. They feature some of the music I have been producing at a demo stage. It’s only going to sound better.
Friday, August 23, 2013
There are many poignant and intense situations that arise all over the world simply through initiating a simple game of pick up soccer. Just as the tag line for ‘Pelada' says “there is another side of soccer”, this documentary 'One World Cup' seeks to reveal the same.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Disabled athletes still play hard.
Monday, June 24, 2013
A documentary on the soccer industry in Africa and exploitive agents using young players for profit. Seems like there is a constant struggle between the love of the game and the love of money.
A unique perspective of the demonstrations and public unrest recently in Brazil. Michel De Souza captures some compelling moments from the front lines with photo and video simultaneously.
Brazilians are speaking out against what is perceived to be wide spread over spending and corruption related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Whose World Cup?
The 2014 World Cup that will be held in Brazil won’t necessarily be a celebration for everybody. Brazilians are taking to the streets in reaction to the bloated expenses associated with the event that are coming at the cost of Brazilian citizens.
Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
“It’s taking the piss with our money, with the public’s money, it’s a lack of respect, a lack of scruples. FIFA is the real president of this country.
FIFA comes to our country and imposes a state within a state. It’s not going to pay taxes, it’s going to come, install a circus without paying anything and take everything with it." Romario, former Brazilian striker and current congressman.
“I can understand that people are not happy, but they should not use football to make their demands heard." Sepp Blatter, FIFA President
A part of photographer Dick Sweeney’s compelling Deserted Places photo documentary is a series showing deserted football/soccer pitches from around the world…
"In many of these photos, the makeshift goalposts are the only signs of human presence."
Unlike some of the other subjects, depicting so much waste and decay, I don’t find these as depressing. Its a sign that people were there enjoying themselves, doing something fun, positive and peaceful.