Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange "Uprooted and Sanza Hanza"

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 7:00pm

The story of three reggae musicians in Jamaica.

The film journeys into the streets, back alleys, crowded dancehalls and countryside of Jamaica, the birthplace of reggae music. In a society with abundant talent but scarce opportunity, three distinct and courageous artists fight to rise up from obscurity and write themselves into the pages of history. Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange "Uprooted & Sanza Hanza" airs Wednesday, February 2 and encores Sunday, February 6 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

The anthology series Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange continues its exploration of the present-day realities and contemporary lifestyles of Africans, both on the continent and in the evolving diaspora. These artful, independent films offer complicated, and at times controversial, viewpoints about Africa. This season's offerings examine the effect of development and gentrification on one community's art and street culture, the rise of three reggae musicians in Jamaica, the contemporary Haitian-American experience in New York City, the plight of one Afro-Colombian family displaced by civil war and and the hotly debated practice of genital mutiliation, among others.