Various Artists

Repercussions: A Celebration of African-American Music

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This gem of a series of seven one-hour documentaries was made for Britain's Channel 4 TV some years ago, with the aim of illustrating the complex musical links between Africa and the Afro-Americas. Except for the last one, each video contains two programs. The first program is on the traditional musicians of the Gambia. The second jumps to Alabama for a look at the roots of black gospel music. The third and fourth deal with the general Caribbean region. The fifth revolves round a specific Ghanaian drumming tradition. The sixth, shot in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, deals with both roots idioms and reggae. And the last one examines contemporary Ghanaian highlife.