Screening – Elder's Corner (2021) - Siji Awoyinka
Description : March 22nd – Screening – Elder's Corner (2021) - Siji Awoyinka
Organization/Artist: Centre Tour à Plomb
Location: Centre Tour à Plomb
Black History Month Belgium invites you to a screening of this amazing music historical documentary, a true musical voyage of rediscovery told through the lives and work of Nigeria's long forgotten and pioneering musicians, and which takes us from the Diaspora to The Continent, across multiple generations.
After-Talk with Mohamed Barrie and director Siji Awoyinka
Elder’s Corner - Siji Awoyinka (2020) - EN - 97’
From the colorful, celebratory sounds of Juju music to the politicized urgency of Afrobeat, Nigerian musicians have spearheaded some of Africa's most prominent musical movements. Oftentimes, their work formed the backdrop against which the nation blossomed and floundered. So what happened to these pioneering artists who rose to prominence during the country's halcyon years - and continued to endure when it faltered?
Siji Awoyinka (Writer, Producer, Director) Siji Awoyinka is a multidisciplinary aural and visual storyteller. Born in the UK to Nigerian parents, he spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before coming to the US to further pursue his musical ambitions. His music fuses elements of Soul, Jazz, Highlife, Afrobeat and Gospel music with traditional Yoruba rhythms drawn from his rich ancestral background. His critically acclaimed musical works, among them; God-given (BBE 2004), AdeSIJI (IVY 2008) and Home Grown (IVY 2014), have found appreciative audiences worldwide and continue to garner praise. Additionally, he has contributed songwriting and production talent to projects for the likes of Salif Keita, Cesaria Evora, Osunlade and Wunmi. In a bid to further broaden his creative vision, Siji took to directing and producing video’s and documentaries to help bring his musical compositions to life and to share part of his cultural history with a wider audience. His bold and visually arresting videos; Yearning For Home, Morenike, Ijo, Lagos Lullabye, have appeared on a number of major networks including MTV, BBC, VH1, BET and many others. His feature length documentary film, ELDER’S CORNER (2020) premiered at Sheffield Docs, UK as well as DOC NYC. It also won an Ethnomusicology Commendation award at the prestigious RAI Film Festival, 2021 and an audience award for Best Feature Sounds Feature at Indie Memphis, 2021.