Tunde Jegede is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who is uniquely placed between the worlds of Contemporary Classical, African and Pop music. He is a prolific Producer/Song writer and has worked across several genres both as a performer (Cello, Kora, Piano and Percussion) and producer. Recently he performed in Paris a concert of his latest composition, "Fleuve Niger" with The Brodsky Quartet from London along with several Malian musicians including Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabaté and Kasse Mady Diabaté.
Ron Wyman produced a feature documentary titled "Tunde" in 2006 which won internation critical acclaim. Now Ron is teaming up again with Tunde to produce a film/CD project based on the composition "Fleuve Niger". There will be a CD relaese of the extraordinary Paris concert in 2010, a world tour with all of the musicians and a documentary film following some of the tour as well as telling the story of the lyrical subject of the film, the River Niger. The "Fleuve Niger" is expected to be completed in 2014.
The film follows Tunde from recording studios in London and Bamako, Mali to a concert in Paris. Music is everywhere in Mali, whether it be an international hotel, a Bamako taxi or a remote village on the edge of the Sahara, people are listening to the music of their culture with deep affection, enthusiasm and pride. This is what keeps the music authentic and draws musicians from around the world to jam in Mali.
With the music and performances as soundtrack, the film captures Malian life and culture from Bamako to Timbuktu through extraordinary cinematography; camel caravans in the desert, the market in Djenne (one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Africa) to fishermen casting nets in the Niger river. The film includes Kasse Mady Diabate working with Tunde in recording studios in London as well as a rare concert that Tunde performed in Paris (2005), playing pieces from his critically acclaimed recording "Lamentation".