Filmed secretly, and at considerable personal danger, 'Rhythm of Resistance' examines the vital role of music in the lives of black South Africans under the oppressive regime of apartheid. This award-winning film was one of the inspirations for Paul Simon's 'Graceland' album and his acclaimed collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Although much music making by black South Africans was politically suppressed at the time, the authentic joys and sorrows of this music come unforgettably alive in these emotional and exuberant performances. From racist DJs to the haunting harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. From Zulu workers performing their secret ritual war dances to the dynamic live performances of The Mahotella Queens and Abafana in segregated townships; from Philip Tabane and Malombo in the studio to the ludicrous censorship of the radio stations; and from the fearless duo of Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu (Juluka) who combat apartheid with their subtle lyrics to the all night song contests in black workers hostels: this, one of the most renowned and ironic sequences to appear in any music documentary. 'Rhythm of Resistance' is part of director Jeremy Marre's multi award-winning series 'Beats of the Heart' which includes 'Roots Rock Reggae' and 'Salsa'. BONUSES Director's Commentary Picture Gallery Live audio tracks made at the time of filming including Ladysmith Black Mambazo 'Umthombowase Golgota' , Mahotella Queen's 'Iguala Lamasi' , Johnny Clegg and Sipho Inkunzi 'Ayi Hlabi Ngokusima'.
'Rhythm of Resistance' was filmed secretly South Africa in the early 1980s and presents a fascinating insight into the role music played in the lives of black South Africans under apartheid. [This film] constitutes a vital social and political history of one of the darkest episodes of 20th century history, as well as a celebration of the remarkable and uplifting music it produced. --Songlines Magazine