Singer Neneh Cherry to narrate “Fonko” doc

Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry (pictured) has signed on to narrate Black Power Mixtape director Göran Olsson's feature-length music doc Fonko.
April 16, 2014

Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry (pictured) has signed on to narrate Black Power Mixtape director Göran Olsson’s feature-length music doc Fonko.

The doc – which explores Africa’s music revolutions and the club music styles of Kuduro, Coupé-Décalé and Ndombolo - was launched at MIPTV last week, where a copro deal was struck between German broadcaster WDR and Sweden’s SVT.

Fonko is produced by Tobias Janson and directed by Olsson and Sweden-based Story AB’s Daniel Jadama and Lars Lovén. First Hand Films is exec producing and distributing the film.

“I’ve always had a very strong relation to the continent and the diaspora,” said Cherry in a statement. “African related music has for decades influenced what we now call modern music, without any credit given.  It just so happens that today’s young generation of musicians are ready to take on the world, and claim that credit.”

Story AB producer Janson added: “Neneh Cherry is a world artist and is deeply involved in contemporary African music. Her attitude, voice and knowledge make her the perfect narrator for Fonko.”

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