Jazz musicians from all over the world are travelling to Senegal.
GV: Approaching island of Goree (2 shots)
TV: Jazz band playing to local inhabitants
SV: Cotton City Jazz Band from Belgium playing with audience watching and dancing. (3 shots)
SV: Audience drumming on tins and boxes PAN TO drummer
SV: Clarinet and banjo players of jazz band as children look on. (2 shots)
SV: Boy and girl walking in streets and children playing (2 shots)
SV: Young girl looking out of window boy leaning against wall (2 shots)
GV: Man walking near houses and children playing street (2 shots)
SV PAN: Musicians playing
SV PAN: Audience watching musicians playing.
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Background: Jazz musicians from all over the world are travelling to Senegal. On the country's small island of Goree the locals have been jigging away to the sounds of prominent -- and sometimes less prominent, but equally lively jazz groups. Senegal's first International Jazz festival, to last for four months, has just begun on Goree.
SYNOPSIS: The small island of Goree, just off the Senegalese coast is where the world's jazz greets have gone. The picturesque island once served as a shipping point for slaves to America. Now the whites -- and the blacks -- have come back, but they exchange their chains for trumpets and clarinets, like Belgium's Cotton City Jazz Band.
The Cotton City Jazz Band with its principal players Phil Wood, Jim Cobb, Frank Foster and Stan Getz organised a jam session in Goree's church square. A local band, 'SICO', joined in, and the audience didn't hesitate to keep the beat.
Goree is a peaceful, idyllic place -- but its history is violent. The narrow streets where these days lovers walk and children play once witnessed the agony of natives about to be bundled off on slaving ships across the Atlantic. The slave houses still stand as reminders of a dark past, but to the musicians who came in search of their music roots and the locals who superimposed their music on the visitors' jazz, the past seems a long time ago.