The film, Djembefola follows Mamady Keita, one of the worlds greatest percussionists in a joyful, emotional and music filled trip as he travels from his home in Brussels back to his native village in Guinea.
A child prodigy drum (or djembe) player, Keita, at the age of seven, played in the film Africa Dance with superstar / political activist Harry Belafonte and, when he was fourteen, was selected to join the National Ballet Djoliba. Twenty-six years abroad have not lessened the ties Mamady Keita has to the culture that has nurtured him. In his remote village he has a warm and tearful reunion with friends and relatives who had assumed he was dead.
The second film, Mogobalu, The Masters of Percussion: Mamady Keita and the Grand Masters of African Music is a documentary that explores the life of a Djembefola in the modern world and the virtuosity of the djembe in today’s music. Features extensive footage from the concert celebrating Mamady’s 10 years in Europe where he reunites some of Africa’s greatest musiciand and percussionists.