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Accra Trane Station: The Music and Art of Nii Noi Nortey

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From the Jazz Cosmopolitanism In Accra series
by Steven Feld
color, 60 min with 18 min of extras, 2009
in English, Ga, Twi
with English subtitles


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This documentary distills three years of video conversations with Nii Noi Nortey, the Ghanaian sculptor, instrument inventor, and avant-garde instrumentalist. Nortey discusses the African legacy of John Coltrane, and how it inspired invention of his "afrifone" instruments, and a series of twenty Accra Trane Station sculptures and four CD recordings. The recordings and film also feature his longtime percussionist Nii Otoo Annan, "the Elvin Jones of West Africa." Included are scenes of Nortey creating sculptures live at two Accra art exhibits, and performing with Accra Trane Station in recording studios and in concert in Ghana and the USA.

From Accra To Santa Fe
(18 min, 2009)
In August 2007 Nii Noi Nortey and Nii Otoo Annan traveled from Accra, Ghana to Santa Fe, New Mexico to perform and record with Steven Feld, and his musical colleagues Alex Coke and Jefferson Voorhees. This short features film clips from the sessions at 4th World Recording Studios to record the music for the CD Topographies of the Dark, featuring two collective compositions, Mood Duke, and Black Heat.

This DVD is a part of the Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra Series

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Other Films in the Jazz Cosmopolitanism In Accra series
A Por Por Funeral for Ashirifie
The Story of Por Por
J.C. Abbey, Ghana's Puppeteer

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