Inanga: A Song of Survival in a Daughter's Rwanda
Documentary Film (DVD) and Audio CD produced by Gregory Barz
The recordings featured on both the Inanga film and accompanying audio disc were made over the course of two summers (2009 and 2010) in an attempt to document the role of the inanga musical instrument before and after the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The producer, Dr. Gregory Barz, made his way through the Rwandan countryside for several months at a time from the northern volcano region, to the western Congolese border areas, the Nyanza mountainous regions, to the Southern district surrounding Butare and the lush central areas surrounding the capital city of Kigali. Recording traditional musicians, dancers, and singers along the way convinced him that a resurgence of musical activity, especially drawing on local, traditional sensibilities, was in fact re-stabilizing a post-genocide culture in addition to contributing to governmental mandates related to unity and reconciliation.