GIRL BEAT: POWER OF THE DRUM

GIRL BEAT: POWER OF THE DRUM

    Price: $310.00

    Code: 2082
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Suzanne Girot
    2003, 47 mins.
    Purchase: $310 | Classroom Rental: $125


    This video profiles members of Banda Dida, an all-girl drumming and vocal group in Salvador, Brazil. Their music grows out of the Portuguese colonial history of the nation, where, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, slaves were brought from Africa for auction to plantation owners. Although slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888, an economic separation of black and white is still entrenched throughout the country, especially in Bahia in the Northeast, where eighty percent of the population has African roots. The young musicians of Banda Dida derive a sense of empowerment from their ancestors' slave background, incorporate slave stories into their lyrics, and perform in the same town square where slaves were once sold. In addition to providing historical background, the video visits with several members of the group in their homes, shows their auditions and rigorous rehearsal sessions, plus parade performances and a lively concert presentation.

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    "...should be considered as an additional purchase for secondary schools that offer in-depth classes on Brazilian history and culture." - School Library Journal

    * * * "...illustrates the strong ties between the band and their heritage, as well as how they have infused the people with a sense of self-empowerment that crosses social boundries...Recommended" - Video Librarian