Artists & Musicians

Africa in Motion will be complemented by a variety of live music performances throughout the festival, as well as by two exhibitions in the Filmhouse café bar and corridors to the cinemas.

Benny Tetteh-Lartey and band

Thu 25 Oct | 8.00pm until late | Lava Ignite Nightclub, 3 West Tollcross (map) | Tickets £5 from Filmhouse box office in advance or on the door

Award-winning Scottish/Ghanaian musician Benny Tetteh-Lartey and his band will dazzle the audience with their unique brand of Afro-Scot music, including the use of the unique 'combuitar' musical instrument, on the opening night of the festival after the screening of Ousmane Sembene's Xala.

An ear for sound, an eye for detail and hands for crafting are just some of the skills required when you decide to fulfil your dream of creating only the third 'combuitar' musical instrument on the planet. Add in some dogged determination, a tatty 'guitar building' guidebook and heaps of musical talent and you might just begin to realise your dream. Pile on some pressure by sharing your workshop journey on the worldwide web and then just as you near completion, accept an invitation to unveil your masterpiece at the opening night of the Africa in Motion film festival. But it's all in a days work for award-winning Edinburgh-born musician and craftsman Benny Tetteh-Lartey who has recently emerged from his creative hub to prepare for his forthcoming live performance that will showcase the unique sound of his self made combuitar. A unique combination of the combolin, first created by the late Roy Williamson and his own adapted 8-string acoustic guitar, Benny's combuitar will compliment many of the songs and sounds he has already written. Such is the growing demand for Benny's music that at his last live gig the sound technician had to literally pull the plug out to get him off stage after fans simply refused to let him leave the stage. An experience reminiscent of the time that Benny arrived at T in the Park a few years back and started busking in the chill-out tent. He immediately captivated his audience and before he knew it the story was making airwaves. Benny regularly features in the top slots of American Idol Underground, an online place where quietly authentic musicians and their fans gather in artistic and respective appreciation. Benny has lost count of the vast number of requests he has had for his albums simply by word of mouth. Benny's Afro-Scot music is strongly influenced by both African music and Scottish folk music.

Visit Benny's home page

Samba Sene and others

Mon 29 Oct at 11.00pm and Sun 4 Nov at 6.30pm | Filmhouse café bar

Samba performing at AiM 2006
(photo Jamie Archer)

Joyous jazzy grooves and Afro-beats from Senegal. Original songs with infectious guitar licks and irresistible dance beats. This Scottish-African collective is led by Senegalese musician Samba Sene, who has studied under the world-renowned Baaba Maal.

Visit Samba's MySpace page

Sam Achampon with Sakatumbe

Fri 2 Nov at 11.00pm | Filmhouse café bar

Ghanaian musician Sam Achampon will be performing with his group Sakatumbe - featuring explosive drumming, dancing and singing. The group finds inspiration from a variety of African countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya and South Africa. Sam used to be the frontman and keyboard player for the acclaimed Edinburgh-based band Makossa, and still plays with them as a guest performer. He has since started up his own band, Sagrenti. The performance of Sakatumbe incorporates the use of djembe and double-headed or dondo drums from West Africa.


David Ferrard

Wed 31 Oct at 11.00pm | Filmhouse café bar

David Ferrard is an award-winning Scottish-American singer-songwriter who fuses music with a commitment to political and social change. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the British Slave Trade, David presents a selection of songs about slavery and emancipation both old and new, including songs written by slaves themselves, abolitionists, as well as local luminaries such as Robert Burns. David's performance will take place after the screening of Return to Gorée, a musical road movie which tells of Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's epic journey following the trail left by slaves and by the jazz music they invented.

Visit David's homepage



Tayo Fatunla

Filmhouse café bar will host an exhibition of drawings by the internationally acclaimed Nigerian cartoonist Tayo Fatunla. Linking with the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the British Slave Trade, we have selected twelve prints from his OUR ROOTS series which honours the courage, creativity and accomplishments of people of African heritage. His work encapsulates the power of the medium by being simultaneously political, informative, entertaining and visually striking works of art. Tayo's prints will be for sale; please enquire at the Filmhouse bar.

Visit Tayo's homepage

Tiffany Boyle

Tiffany Boyle is a third year Fine Art student at Duncan of Jordanstone College 0f Art and Design, Dundee. Her time spent in Ghana and Nigeria has become the focus for her work in photography, video, textiles and installation. Her photographs of Ghana, taken over a 2-year period, focus on the daily life, culture and traditions of the Ghanaian people and are the source for a body of work, consisting of screen-prints, agyrotypes, an installation and an applique tapestry. The carbon prints in this exhibition feature Muslim chiefs, village elders and street hawkers. She chose to embellish the black and white prints with beads and African fabrics to portray Ghanaians' energy, pride of appearance, sense of colour and frivolity. The series of agyrotypes, brown and white photographs, focus on Teshie, a Ga township in Accra, during their Homowo festival. The images display the vibrant spirit of the township people in spite of poverty and hardship. Tiffany's work will be displayed in the corridors to the cinemas.  

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  AiM is funded by

Scottish ScreenThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of ScotlandAwards For AllUniversity of EdinburghCentre Of African Studies
South African High Commission - United KingdomJubilee ScotlandGlobal Concerns TrustChallenges WorldwideUniversity of Stirling
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