OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
Hear My Music
DIRECTOR : Ron Stewart
COUNTRY : South Africa | Canada
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 50min
Nu Metro 6, 13 Oct @ 5pm | Nu Metro 4, 19 Oct @ 12.30pm
Dizu Plaatjies is a performer, scholar and cultural activist who has devoted his adult life to indigenous African music. His journey from childhood in the Eastern Cape and Langa Township to concert stages world-wide, is a compelling story that is the focus of this documentary. He has a vast international following, both of overseas students at the University of Cape Town, where he teaches, and fans of his recordings and concert work.
Throughout his career he has maintained a commitment to nurturing a younger generation of artists, and founded the iconic “Amampondo” ensemble. Among the first African musicians to tour extensively, they became familiar to world music lovers in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and throughout Africa. They were a personal favourite of the late Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Dizu recognized the need of local musicians for access to authentic and reasonably priced indigenous instruments, and has embarked on a program of instrument-making with apprentices from the region. His love of traditional African melodies and rhythms from various cultural sources has led to significant “salvage ethnomusicology” work. Apart from his own Xhosa heritage, he has promoted the musical styles of groups throughout southern Africa.
Produced in 2016/17“Hear My Music – the Dizu Plaatjies Story”
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Ron Stuart, Director born in the New York area and educated at McGill University and the University of British Columbia, he has taught Anthropology and Sociology at the University of B.C. and at Columbia College for over 40 years. Research includes field work among the Coast Salish First Nation of B.C., and in Japan, during periods of residence between 1972 and 1989. Ron has produced several CD’s and numerous concerts in collaboration with his wife, Wendy B. Stuart. Their company, WRS Productions, is active in event production and collaboration with other producers. They founded Cultural Odyssey Films five years ago as a platform for the production and promotion of ethnographically-based documentaries. Ron & Wendy reside in Vancouver, and spend December to February in Gardens, Cape Town. Ron is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School, and has produced and directed several documentaries.