The Black Music Odyssey

Multimedia exhibition
Accra National Museum, Ghana
From November 3rd to December 31st 2011

To celebrate the opening of the 3rd Edition of High Vibes Festival in Accra, the French Embassy and Institut francais are proud to bring an exceptional Musical and Multimedia exhibition to the National Museum, under the high patronage of the Minister of Chieftancy and Culture.

"The Black Music Odyssey" multimedia exhibition has been designed to honor the epic history of black music and celebrate such legends as: Gilberto Gil, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Miriam Makeba, Ali Farka Toure, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Manu Dibango, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Youssou N'Dour, James Brown, E.T. Mensah, Ebo Taylor.

So many names, so many heroes have contributed to the amazing artistic adventure of black music - undoubtedly one of the 20th century's most vibrant and genuine forms of artistic expression.

Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Rock, Hip-Hop, Salsa, High Life, Reggae or Baile Funk. Emerged out of traditional forms of African music and then enriched by overseas exchanges, the black music is a heritage of one of the greatest tragedies in human history which has become fundamental to both Western and African culture during the 20th and 21st centuries. The voice, the breath, the rhythms of Black Music from to the Americas generated an extraordinarily rich musical legacy.

The exhibition "the Black Music Odyssey" engages visitors to discover this adventure via a series of interactive, fun and educational musical displays in a format designed for people from all cultural backgrounds and all levels of literacy. It is accessible to connoisseurs and curious newcomers alike.

The exhibition layout has been designed through two main spaces. The first one displays 7 columns containing touch screens and interactive terminals. They present a series of 21 portraits of major artists, as well as videos of the main events in historical evolution of black music. The second part is dedicated to the projections of films and documentaries: "Les Musiques Noires dans le Monde".

"The Black Music Odyssey" engages visitors to comprehend by way of the senses the vibrant pantheon of the black music myths from around the world, thanks to a totally immersive installation.