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Tanzanian Taarab singer Bi Kidude was a phenomenally inspired choice as the subject of a documentary; at 102 she was the oldest performer in world music. Newcastle-based filmmaker Andy Jones followed Kidude and amassed a lot of footage for his 2006 documentary As Old As My Tongue, and then set about and even grander cinematic plan which became I Shot Bi Kidude, with both films to be on show at Tyneside Cinema on Thursday 7th April.

Bi Kidude was an outspoken Tanzanian singer and a true icon of her generation, a great influence to so many in her time in music, her later years are captured by Jones, after he documented her kidnapping and her final moments culminating in her state funeral in 2013. A truly inspiring character, who captured one filmmaker’s imagination enough that she inspired him to tell of her story that he possibly could; there’s a Q&A with director Andy Jones after the screening to find out more about a film that’s part love story, part drama, and part reflection fame, film and all else in between. It’s all followed by an afterparty featuring live music from Mim Suleiman and a chance to feel the lasting legacy of Bi Kidude.

I Shot Bi Kidude screens at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Thursday 8th April.


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