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A film based on the life of one of the world’s oldest singers will make its North East debut at Old Cinema Launderette in Durham on Monday 2nd November.

Bi Kidude’s extraordinary life comes into sharp focus in Newcastle-based filmmaker Andy Jones’ documentary, I Shot Bi Kidude. Born in Zanzibar, Bi Kidude’s extraordinary life lends her a somewhat mythical status; fleeing forced marriage at 13 and touring East Africa with Taarab ensembles, Kidude was an expert in the ancient rituals of Unyago, which uses traditional rhythms to teach women to pleasure their husbands (whilst also providing warnings against abuse and oppression). Bi Kidude’s life took her from henna artist to drummer, singer to natural healer; widely respected in the world music community, she was honoured with a World Music Award at WOMEX at Sage Gateshead in 2005.

Filmmaker Andy Jones’ first film, As Old As My Tongue, told Bi Kidude’s story in her own words, and his new documentary explores the final chapter in the musical heroine’s life, looking at the exceptional impact of music and proving that age is no barrier to talent.

The event at the atmospheric surrounds of Old Cinema Launderette in Durham will also include a musical performance from multi-talented Zanzibari singer Mim Suleiman, who will perform songs inspired by Bi Kidude.

I Shot Be Kidude is screened at Old Cinema Launderette, Durham on Monday 2nd November.

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