Biography: The name Samaki Wanne (“Four Fish” in Swahili), on one hand alludes to the Calle Tres Peces (Three Fish Street) in Madrid, where Dika Productions’ headquarters are located, and where the greater part of this documentary was produced. On the other hand, the name stands for the four members of the collective: a painter (Manuel Velasco), a filmmaker (Pablo Vega) and two musicians (Javier Arias Bal and Polo Vallejo). Each one has a solid and recognized artistic and creative trajectory, and together they decided to pool their resources around Polo Vallejo’s research work into the life and music of the Wagogo of Tanzania, with the objective of making this documentary. Africa: The Beat is the first and only film to date created by the collective Samaki Wanne.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Africa: The Beat (2012)
Africa: The Beat (2011)