Music: Issa Bagayogo
World music sensation Issa Bagayogo convincingly finds the elusive connection between the rhythms of ancient Mali and modern dance music. This intoxicating “Malian dub” organically blends slinky loops and subtle beats with Bagayogo’s dusky voice and the unmistakable sound of his six-stringed n’goni. Working with French producer Yves Wernert and performing in a trio with guitars, bass, vocals, and percussion, Issa has found a way to honor his country’s great musical traditions while creating a “hypnotic sound track for the lounge at the Sahara’s edge” (LA Weekly).
Movie: Knock on Any Door
Directed by Nicholas Ray
In this taut courtroom drama, lawyer Andrew Morton (Humphrey Bogart) defends street punk Nick “Pretty Boy” Romano (John Derek), who faces a death sentence. Nick’s motto, “Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse,” as well as his checkered past, make it difficult for Andrew to keep him out of the slammer. Bogart hand-picked novice Ray to direct the first feature of his independent Santana production company. 1949, U.S., BW, 16mm, 100 minutes.
*Note: In case of rain, this event will be moved to the Walker Art Center’s Cinema. Seating is first-come, first-served.
DJ: Paul Harding