Sound Tracks of Life - Moussa Diallo on Bass

Helle Toft Jensen, Denmark, 2015

72 min.DK/Documentary

Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Moussa Diallo's greatest teenage dream is to become a musician. He defies his strict and famous father in Mali, runs away and turns up at his mother's place in Copenhagen. With his hip afro look and great musical skills he becomes the most sought-after bass player in Denmark.
However, at the peak of his career, he's not at all happy. His crisis takes him to India in search of spirituality, and to Mali to the music that speaks to him and the father, whose acceptance he yearns for.
The film takes us on an unusual journey - from the desert of Mali to the funky Seventies and the cool pop of the Eighties - from Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King to bands like "Marquis De Sade" and "Savage Rose". It is a dramatic tale - a modern Odyssey with Moussa Diallo as the guiding star.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Moussa Diallo - manden og musikken
Danish title Moussa Diallo - manden og musikken
Keywords Diallo, Moussa, Musicians, Mali, World music, Jazz, Africa, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2009, 2010-2019, Denmark, Rock musicians, Funk, Rock, Blues, Father-son relation
Director Helle Toft Jensen
Producer Helle Ulsteen
Director of Photography Henrik Kloch, Helle Toft Jensen
Editor Oskar Fanta, Carsten Søsted
Composer Moussa Diallo
Appearance Moussa Diallo, Anne Linnet, Annisette Koppel, Mikkel Nordsø
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Bamanankan,Danish,English,French
TV release 15.03.2015, DR K
Online release 19.05.2015
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Spor Media, Kamoli Films
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Helle Toft Jensen


Dramaturge Helle Ulsteen


Producer Helle Ulsteen


Cinematographer Henrik Kloch
Cinematographer Helle Toft Jensen


A-editor Morten Giese
Editor Oskar Fanta
Editor Carsten Søsted


Composer Moussa Diallo


Sound mixer Bobby Hess
Sound effects Ricardo Sousa
Sound assistant Jacob Davidsen

Visual effects

Grading Virgil Kastrup
Grading Adelsteinn Hallgrimsson
Graphic design Troels Faber


Appearance Moussa Diallo
Appearance Anne Linnet
Appearance Annisette Koppel
Appearance Mikkel Nordsø
Appearance Klaus Menzer
Appearance Kent Hansen

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