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Return to Goree

Return to Goree

cast: Youssou N'Dour, Moncef Genoud, Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye

year: 2006

colour: no


director: par Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

runtime: 112

The Grammy-winning Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour takes us on a musical journey in the footsteps of slaves. Guided in his mission by his friend, the blind pianist Moncef Genoud, Youssou N'Dour travels across the USA from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then from New York on to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, performing his songs, which are transformed, immersed in the culture of jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with some of the world's most exceptional musicians, Youssou N'Dour prepares to return to Africa, bringing a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Goree. Goree is an island off the coastline of Senegal and sits at the crossroads of the centuries-old trade route connecting Europe and West Africa, Christianity and Islam, infamous as a former centre of the Atlantic slave trade, from where many Africans were deported to the Americas.


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