Segments in this Video

WOMAD Festival (03:15)


The World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival (WOMAD), began in 1982 and is a celebration of traditional music. Peter Gabriel describes his pleasure in seeing the audience's acceptance of music from around the world.

Spaccanapoli, Rhythm & Melody (08:51)

Spaccanapoli, an 8-piece band from Naples, Italy describes the band's origins and cultural heritage and influence of their music. In their songs they use powerful pagan imagery and beliefs to comment on modern urban life.

Fusing Cultures (04:03)

George Telek of Papua, New Guinea works with Australian musician David Bridie, fusing ancient ways with state-of-the-art technology. His compositions incorporate sounds from the natural world with stories about his life in New Guinea.

Afro-Celt Sound System (06:34)

Iarla O'Lionaird's music is of the ancient Gaelic Sean-nós style of singing. He is a founder member of cult new-age dance band the Afro Celts.

Music of Tanzania - Song & Dance (10:10)

Dr. Hukwe and Charles Zawose from Bagamoyo, Tanzania describe the intense emotions that music provides. Using local materials, they make their own instruments.

Music of Tibet (02:22)

Tibeten Yungchen Lhamo describes her songs that explore traditional themes of spiritual pilgrimage, soul-searching and the pain of exile.

Industry: Cultural Threat (03:07)

Spaccanapoli sees industry as a threat to their traditional way of life in Naples.

A Reason to Sing (01:46)

Dr. Hukwe believes there are always things to sing about such as rituals, marriages, funerals and farming.

The Search for Common Ground (03:27)

Musicians describe the bonds that are formed when they come together to play and sing.

Merging Music (01:58)

Canadian guitarist, Michael Brook collaborates with Dr. Hukwe and Charles Zawose on producing their newest album.

Papa Wemba (05:50)

One of the most popular African singers in the world today, Papa Wemba blends African music with American soul.

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World Music: Stories Behind the Songs

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Produced in conjunction with legendary singer Peter Gabriel, this program takes viewers to a stage outside London as it documents the work of artists appearing at the World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival (WOMAD). In addition to engaging and powerful onstage numbers, the film captures intimate, behind-the-scenes moments with world music stars, tracing each performer’s origins and artistic journey. Featured musicians include Dr. Hukwe and Charles Zawose from Bagamoyo, Tanzania; the musical troupe Spaccanapoli, from the streets of Naples, Italy; and many others. A National Geographic Production. (54 minutes)

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL40865

ISBN: 978-1-61616-562-8

Copyright date: ©2001

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