Bamsees, Boats + Bazodee: Highlights From the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival

September 29, 2015

Re-Percussions (Trinidad & Tobago/Nigeria)

Re-Percussions is the story of Chief Bowie Sonnie Bowei, a former officer in the Nigerian army who has made it his mission to establish the steelpan in his home country. The second in a series of movies on the steelpan from Kim Johnson and Jean Michel Gibert (the first being Pan! A Musical Odyssey, the opening selection at last year’s TTFF), Re-Percussions uses Bowei’s story as a means to explore the broader narrative of the African drum, how it was preserved and then re-interpreted in the new world, and how it is now being brought back to the mother continent in new ways.