SENEGAL, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND/ 2008/ MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY/ ENGLISH, FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES/ 108 MIN
Youssou N'Dour: Return to Goree is a documentary that traces the musical journey of Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour as he explores the influence of African music on jazz. The film is a vibrant exploration of the musical ties that bind Africa and the African Diaspora, particularly the African-American experience. It follows N'Dour's journey from Goree Island off the coast of Senegal, a significant historical site linked to the transatlantic slave trade, to the United States. The film captures N'Dour's collaborations with various musicians, uncovering the deep-rooted connections between West African rhythms and American jazz. This musical odyssey is not only a celebration of fusion and creativity but also a poignant reminder of the historical ties and shared heritage that link African music to the African-American experience.
With Youssou N'Dour, Moncef Genoud,Idris Muhammad, Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye and Amiri Baraca.