A film looking at the culture of New Orleans thru the lens of music. Hosted by Oscar nominee and 6-time Grammy Winner Terence Blanchard, the film tells the story of how music and culture intersected to create a distinct form of expression.
The history of the city is distinct from any other in the US. The music created here became a powerful form of expression of the joys and sorrows of life. The film looks at the evolution of New Orleans music and how it has reflected the culture and times in which it was created. From the drumming by free people of color and enslaved Africans at Congo Square, to the explosion of musical styles that can still be heard on the streets of the city, the power of music to change lives is evident. Personal reflections by New Orleans' musicians, commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances, paint the picture of "this city of music". The sounds and rhythms of New Orleans were the foundation of American music and continue to carry the torch of a liberating expression into the future.Written by
You can trace the lineage of Bounce music all the way back to the field hollers of slaves and spirituals of the early Black Baptist churches. See more »
You know, the beautiful thing about being from New Orleans is that you feel like you're part of a tradition. The more you start to understand the history of our music. One of the things that blows me away is that I can go down on Frenchman Street, and I can hear some young kids playing on the street. And I can hear Louis Armstrong in their playing. And they may not ever realize it. But it's that lineage, it's that language that's been passed down generation by generation by generation. I'm ...
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