Senegalese singer YOUSSOU N'DOUR explores Africa's enduring musical legacy from its historical roots in the slave trade, to its far reach across the globe in RETURN TO GOREE.
With renowned jazz pianist MONCEF GENOUD, their journey takes them from the Goree trading post, where African slaves were processed on to ships bound for the Americas, to Atlanta, New Orleans, New York City and finally Luxembourg. Revealing the history of jazz, the rich legacy of their ancestors and the influence on the cultures they became part of.
RETURN TO GOREE gathers together some of the world's most exceptional musicians and singers from gospel, traditional jazz and soul and culminates in an exclusive 'one off' live concert on the island of Goree.
A film by PIERRE-YVES BORGEAUD (2007/105'). With Youssou N'Dour, Moncef Genoud, Joseph Ndiaye, Idris Muhammad, Amiri Baraka, Grégoire Maret, Pyeng Threadgill, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Ernie Hammes, James Cammack. Camera: Camille Cottagnoud. Sound: Carlo Thoss. Editing: Daniel Gibel. Produced by CAB Productions, Dreampixies, Iris Productions.
Winner, Best Swiss Film, Festival Visions du Reel (Nyon / Switzerland) 2007
Winner of the Audience Award, European Film Festival (Cinessone/Paris) 2007
Winner of the Audience Award, EU XXL Film Festival (Krems/Austria) 2008
Winner, Best Documentary, 16th Pan African Film and Arts Festival (Los Angeles) 2008