Today, I want to share with you a great exposure : ” Great Black Music ” about black music , which takes place at this time ( until August 24 ) in Paris at the “Cité de la musique” in Paris .
This is the theme of jazz as American classical music and Emmanuel Marc Parent Benaïche wanted to address.
The exhibition presents a selective course . ” Great Black Music ” is the first exhibition of fun, this is the greatest show on black music in any case . We walk at the discretion enthusiasms designers, music lovers . They have their idols , which impress , they seek deep intentions and areas of resistance.
The first room is a gallery of portraits – Miriam Makeba , Fela Kuti , Gilberto Gil, Youssou N’Dour , Franco, but also Kassav’ou Celia Cruz. Biographical films, with many archives are available on terminals : cones placed on the ground … The visit to the peak is recommended. Using a smartphone supplied to the input , the barge will receive later on his email a list of songs he heard.
The high quality of ” Great Black Music” is to be rid of a Western vision. In research roots, and old travelers ( a room devoted to the sacred rhythms, with large wall screens, Moroccan Gnawa Cuban Santeria ) in the recall ethnographic forms (another room called ” Mama Africa “) , the purpose political.
It describes video survival Pygmies , Sufi music, the enslavement of the Bantu , the influence of the dictator Sékou Touré in Guinea. Halfway , a long historical frieze plays spines .
But I regretted that hip -hop occupies only two screens in the so-called ” Global mix ” room at the end of exposure. Hard for a multidisciplinary culture that forty years was imposed in theaters with dancing hip- hop in contemporary art with graffiti and music.
A terminal ( “Odyssey hip- hop “) offers two video montages. The first North American Roots , tells his story in 7.45 min , with shortcuts , and to concert NTM in 1998 at the Zenith .
The narrator explains that the report was “born of the collapse of the hopes of the ideals of the struggle for civil rights and despair due to the economic recession.” It is based on a statement by Chuck D , leader of Public Enemy, whose Fight the Power clip began with a critique of the Civil Rights Movement Martin Luther King: “The march of 1963, it was a little anyone what , nonsense. It can no longer be be like that. “
The second installation of ” The Odyssey hip- hop ” offers an overview in 8 minutes of various scenes rap in Africa , North Africa to South Africa. It begins with the towers of the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Further , the public can see film clips widely known but essential : Wild Style ( 1983), where the myths of hip- hop culture as Rock Steady Crew or Grand Master Flash appear , and Beat Street (1984), shot in the Bronx. In all, the exhibition offers eleven hours of archives !
A beautiful display that I recommend if you like music ! 🙂