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by Francois Verster, Dan Jawitz, and Mark J. Kaplan
In the 1920s, Zulu singer Solomon Linda composed "Mbube," a hit melody in his native South Africa. Decades later, it skyrocketed to the top of the international pop charts as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Follow this beloved song's rocky history, from South Africa to Brooklyn and back, asking why Linda died penniless, while American artists made millions off of his music.
Independent Lens, Global Voices
by John Whitehead and Ben Sandmel
From their days as a teenage duo in the Depression to recent gigs on MTV and the Grand Ole Opry stage, The Hackberry Ramblers have been the life of the party since 1933, with their energetic blend of Cajun music and western swing.
by Kim Connell and Ilana Trachtman
Witness a year in the life of top-ranked members of Zapata High School’s championship mariachi ensemble on the Rio Grande in South Texas.
by Carol Bash
From the birth of jazz to the height of rock and roll, Mary Lou Williams was a leading musical innovator who was determined to create in a world that could not see past her race or gender.
Women and Girls Lead
by Julie Mallozzi
Their parents escaped Cambodia's killing fields — now dance helps three teens survive the minefields of urban America.
by Greg "Freddy" Camalier
Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. This film is a history of the small Alabama city’s remarkable legacy in rock and soul music, focusing in large part on the huge contributions from FAME Studios founder Rick Hall.
by Daniel Anker
Featuring the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Music from the Inside Out weaves together a mosaic of the stories, ideas, experiences and music making that form the heart of these musicians’ lives, inside and outside the concert hall.
by Gabrielle Mullem
A look at a creative and music jazz camp in New Orleans for blind and visually-impaired teenagers run by master musician Henry Butler.
by Jamie Meltzer
An engaging look at the fascinating subculture of the song-poem industry, where a dream and a song come together as ordinary people mail in their poems to be set to music for a fee.
Independent Lens, True Stories
by Natasha Uppal
How did L.A.'s Grand Star restaurant become one of the city's liveliest, intergenerational, and culturally-integrated neighborhood nightclubs?