Syncopation… Lives at Crossroads

Directed By: Tendayi Charles Tshuma⎥ South Africa⎥ 2020⎥ 15m⎥

Synopsis:
In the wake of recurring, violent anti-immigrant marches, Leather Craftsman Kwesi Joseph Acheampong ventures on foot, for the first time, into the soul of a city he has lived overly cautious in for the past 7 years. An intimate glimpse into his proverbial ‘stride of pride’ has Kwesi confront his apprehensions to discover a melting pot of migrants steadfastly plying their trade within this vibrant anomaly of a city founded on a diverse migrant history. We engage in Kwesi’s caravan-esque walk through three city districts that spark nostalgia of Ghana, his place of birth, Ivory Coast, where he leant his craft and his rejection at a German Airport, when he had fled Ivory Coast’s Civil War.

About the Director:

Charles Tendayi Tshuma is a Zimbabwean born, South African Documentarian, Tertiary Education Lecturer, Music Producer, Sound Designer, Record Collector. Charles settled in South Africa, enrolled at Emendy Music Technology Institute to pursue Advanced Sound Production. During studyship Charles worked for www.sam.co.za as Music DVD Store Buyer in the Traditional Ethnic African and 3rd World genres. He liaised with Nebula Bos, Melt 2000, Sony, BMG, Sheer and Gallo, leading to him having close contacts with the Music and Events Industry. On completion of Advanced Sound Production, Charles opted to incorporate his Sound Production skills with Film in order to maneuver the Industry without Corporate dependency. The Production Charles developed and honed his Film knowledge was the Sitcom, Nomzamo, the 1st Season commissioned by SABC 2. Charles has covered Events, Press Conferences, University Theatrical Productions, as DJ with features on Tshwane University of Technology TUT FM (Black Star Line), University of Pretoria Campus TUKS Radio Music Shows (The Eclectic Mix). Charles has also has contributed to TV Adverts most notably the Score for South African Brewery Millers Hansa Pilsner 2008 Campaign. Charles is constantly nomadic across Africa Documenting & participating in Festivals, Concerts, Workshops and has held one on one interviews with Eryka Badu, Lauryn Hill, Amir Questlove Thompson of The Roots, Soulquarians amongst many others under jAMaCre Outernational PTY. Charles has conceptualized, organized, promoted, hosted and produced JZHDZ Afrikan Airwaves | Afrikan Express music events featuring, Akua Naru (US|DE), Samuel Blitz Bazawule, Director of The Burial of Kojo (GH|US), Kajama (CH|ZA), Jojo Abbot (GH|ZA), Thabang Tabane, Sibusile Xaba, Zetina Mosia in Johannesburg, Mbabane and Pretoria, Sibusile Xaba has landed his composition Mvelo as official soundtrack on the trailer of his 1st Documentary shoot in Swaziland titled Ufafa-The Balding Head.

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