Film

Uganda's Action Film Industry 'Wakaliwood: The Documentary'

The Wakaliwood documentary is the story of I.G.G. Nabwana' Ramon Film Productions, the heart of an action film industry in Kampala suburb Wakalig.


Wakaliwood is the rare feel good film that features AK-47s and bloodshed outside in a Kampala suburb. Far easier on the eyes than the trailer for Uganda's "first action-packed movie" is the story of how an action film industry seed came to be planted in the tiny slum of Wakalig. I.G.G. Nabwana, founder of Ramon Film Productions, is the ambitious Ugandan filmmaker who envisioned building from the ground up a film industry in his very backyard. Now a film industry of 100-strong, Nabwana's bloody (simulated, though) ambitions have in just a few years amounted to, as the trailer suggests, a religious-like body for the people of Wakalig. Watch the easy-feeling trailer (+ extended excerpts) below. Ben Barenholtz and Alan Ssali Hofmanis' Wakaliwood is now available on iTunes here.

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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