When I was staying in Tunis no matter where one lived – the evening was full of sounds and music especially during weekends. There was always a wedding party on top of one of those beautiful white houses – and the sound of parties could be heard from far away.

The song “Dimanche a Bamako” is about Sunday wedding parties in Bamako, Mali – and it looks like there is also a film about the making of the album which was produced by Manu Chao – who has one of the most amazing sites.

The Wikipedia on the album:

Dimanche à Bamako (English:Sunday in Bamako) is an album by the Malian duo Amadou & Mariam featuring, and produced by Manu Chao.

It was released on the Nonesuch Records label on the 2nd August 2005.

The album features guests such as Côte d’Ivoirian reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly and Italian ska/jazz trumpeter Roy Paci.

Read more about the album on (There you will also find interviews with Amadou)

Dimanche a Bamako trailer

Dimanche a Bamako (the song)

Senegal fast food (song from the album) (lyrics from here)

\”Il est maintenant, 5 heures zéro huit minutes\”

C’est au Manhattan fast food Dakar
Sénégal cinéma Le Paris demain je serais parti
La gare Dakar Bamako mon p’tit y’a pas de problème
tout vas bien aujourd’hui je me marie
J’ai confiance amour solo Gao l’Algérie Tunisie Italie
Y’a pas de problème, j’aime au Manhattan fast food Dakar
Sénégal Cinéma le Paris ascenceur pour le Ghetto

Il est minuit à Tokyo, il est cinq heures au Mali
Quelle heure est-il au paradis

Il est minuit à Tokyo, il est cinq heures au Mali
Quelle heure est-il au paradis

#langue qui m’est inconnue – language unknown to me#

C’est au Manhattan fast food Dakar
Sénégal, la grand-mère à l’hopital dans tête tout vas bien
Cairek, moi ici, toi là-bas, le visa au consulat
Numéro 39, y’attends y’attends à l’étal civil déjà l’an 2000, déjà 2000 ans
Au Manhattan fast food Dakar
Sénégal cinéma Le Paris (cinéma Le Paris)

Il est minuit à Tokyo, il est cinq heures au Mali
Quelle heure est-il au paradis
(cinéma Le Paris)

Il est minuit à Tokyo, il est cinq heures au Mali
Quelle heure est-il au paradis
(cinéma Le Paris)

Cinéma le Dakar, Bamako, Rio di Janeiro
Où est le problème où est la frontière
Entre les murs se faufillent dans l’ascenceur
Ascenceur pour le ghetto

Au Manhattan fast food Dakar
Sénégal cinéma Le Paris (Cinéma le Paris)

\”Il est maintenant 5 heures\”

Il est minuit à Tokyo, il est cinq heures au Mali
Quelle heure est-il au paradis

(cinéma Le Paris)
(cinéma Le Paris)


PenguinsIn the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey – a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love. ( from here )

Film’s website :

Other films:

The Flyer

Today I saw a South African film about a young Cape Town street kid who becomes a trapeze artist.

Here is the story from London Film festival site :

Kieren Jordaan (Jarrid Geduld) is a member of a street gang. While trying to pick pocket an old trapeze trainer, Anders Larsen (Marcel Van Heerden), our athletic Kieren gets caught and Anders drags him back to a warehouse and makes him work off his crime. Kieren scrubs and polishes the floors as he watches Anders’ trapeze artists fly. As he observes them practice, his imagination is captured. Kieren pays off his debt but does not want to leave. He wants in but he knows his gang friends would never approve. When something in the gang goes horribly wrong Kieren is forced to flee and it is here, in this world of the flyers, that he seeks refuge. Under the guidance of his new found mentor Anders, Kieren’s raw talent takes flight. But later on in life, when his old gang buddies catch up with him, Kieren must fight for his dreams and his destiny. When his brother (Ian van der Heyden) is released from prison, Kier is forced to choose between his new life and his old.

It’s a great film to watch if you’d like to find out about Cape Town and its people.

Yesterday I saw a beautiful film, a story of a twelve-year-old Maori girl, Paikea Apirana who becomes leader of her community. (Official website)

City of GodToday I saw this film the second time. Amazing and shocking story about life in the favelas of Brazil – click here to read more about the film.

Some time ago we went to see a film at the annual Puk film festival here in Potch. We normally see one film each year (the rest are normally not worth seeing) – last time it was God is African – this year it was Paradise now.

From the Wikipedia:

Paradise Now (Arabic: الجنة الآن‎ ​) is a 2005 filmdirected by Hany Abu-Assad about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel. It won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. Click to read on …

I think it is important to see this film no matter what your thoughts might be about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.