Youssou N’Dour – I Bring What I Love
Genre: Documentary, Music Film
Senegal, griots, Sufism, Amnesty International, Grammy, Peter Gabriel
activist, musician and man
The musicians perform from Senegal, who loves to dress in traditional, certainly has a charisma, especially in live concerts, his fans deeply moved. He stands in his blue yarn focuses on the stage, collects, and then you hear the melodious chant, with which he greeted his audience: “I am Youssou N’Dour and call on all people of Africa. If we swap out our ideas, we unite our souls! ” The spirituality which is spreading at such events in the set, but it is not just a detached attitude, as Youssou N’Dour is not only a strong religious-oriented man, but a socially committed pragmatist who wants to enhance not only developments in the musical territory .
If the Senegalese singer, who comes from a family of artistic caste of griots and heard a special degree the literary tradition maintains their cultural background vocals, in the documentary Youssou N’Dour – What I Bring I Love speaks of his success, still resonates with pride before an obviously heartfelt gratitude. Judge to them for the Muslim who practices in accordance with Islamic tradition in Senegal, like most believers, the orientation of the Sufi mystic, also primarily in God, is coming over after his 90 year old grandmother. A family man Youssou N’Dour maintains to this old lady is a very close relationship, which is also reflected repeatedly in his lyrics.
This documentary by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, who accompanied the musician with his international concerts and other activities over three years repeatedly, confined in the absence of comments on the direct representation of walking and activity Youssou N’Dour in the world, accompanied by statements of his family, friends and fellow musicians. Despite the lively images of impressive live performances and other impressions of the universe created by Youssou N’Dour, the film initially because of the too-short sequences and abrupt cuts rather erratic and restless. This often arises in the viewer the desire to musical recordings, as well as the singer and his machinations to be able to see more detail.
But in the course is dedicated to Youssou N’Dour – I Bring What I Love the different themes determine the life of the singer, increasing detail, the foremost religious and social dimensions – and again the family. Since his energetic mother of rebellious youth time reported to be more dynamic father emphasized the rigor of his education to a tireless work ethic and Youssou N’Dour himself appears to celebrate the Sacrifice Feast, surrounded by his family. Toward the end of the documentary tells reinforced by the ambivalent impact and reception history of his album “Égypte”, which was internationally very successful and won a Grammy, in Senegal, but came because of his unusual compositions for some resentment.
The documentation, which celebrated its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was subsequently shown worldwide on some other festivals as well as two awards was shown Youssou N’Dour appearances – sometimes with his band Super Etoile de Dakar – especially at political events as organized by Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour 1988 together with Peter Gabriel and 2007 at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, under the slogan “Your voice against poverty”. Youssou N’Dour is so – I Bring What I Love is a complex, moving portrait of the charismatic activist, musician and people from Senegal, would undoubtedly be somewhat longer able to provide the musical component, especially a lot more space.
Titles such as “voice of Africa” and “African Artist of the Century” honor the Ambassador for UNICEF and the Council member of the World Future Council Youssou N’Dour, who elected in 2007 by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people and in the past The fifties was. In addition to this official significance, it is one of the qualities of this documentation that the musician is shown here, even beyond all the pathos in his own private dimension, especially in the bosom of his family, where he was in his own words sometimes still feels like an age of 15. At the end of the film displays a dedication to Youssou N’Dour’s grandmother, Marie Sène Mawö that during the development of documentation, within what they see several times in close association with her famous grandson, who died at the age of 96.
Title: Youssou N’Dour – I Bring What I Love Country of production: France, USA, Senegal, Egypt Year of production: 2008 Length: 98 (Min) Published by:
format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, Wolof, French EAN: 4006680050027 Extras: trailers, press booklet