Taxi Waves

Directors: Mike Calandra Achode & Tommaso Cassinis


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  • event type:WOMEX 20 Film Library
  • date:15 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
  • time:12:00 - 00:00
  • venue:Online
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


This film was available online to stream from 15 - 25 October 2020 for WOMEX 20 Digital Participants only.

Directed by Mike Calandra Achode & Tommaso Cassinis
75 mins | Italy, 2019 | English, Yoruba, Portuguese, Amharic with English subtitles

Taxi Waves is a three-part mini-series narrating stories of the rising and thriving music scenes in Lagos, Maputo and Addis Ababa, revealing the intentions and aspirations behind contemporary African youth and their music culture. From exploring the dynamics of the afrobeat industry and the distinctive Lagosian culture to hearing from pioneers of Pandza who infused traditional Marrabenta with elements of ragga and dancehall to Ethiopian producers developing sounds that fuse their traditional music with streams of electronic music. documentary format where the collective investigates contemporary African music scenes through the expedient of a taxi ride.

Mike Calandra Achode is a multidisciplinary designer focused on the intersection between music, vernacular cultures and visual communication. Moved by a passion for subcultures at large, he founded Crudo Volta, a visual project documenting the development of contemporary musical scenes of the African diaspora. He s also currently a lecturer in Audio & Video for the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Design course at Central Saint Martins.

Tommaso Cassinis started his career as an assistant of Paul Pellegrin at Magnum Photos. In 2009 he founded Boogie Studio, a creative and point of meeting for Photographers and Video-makers in Rome. He has worked and collaborated with a wide range of Italian clients focusing mainly on advertising and the music sector.

Produced by TimVision, Controluce
Director of Photography Tommaso Cassinis
Sound Francesco Cucchi
Editor Mike Calandra Achode ,Tommaso Cassinis
Music by Young John, Ajebutter 22, Olamide, Sess The Problem, Dapo Tuburna,Teni
Film Contact Crudo Volta

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