2020 | Uganda, UK | 83 min | Documentary
Directors: Philip Sansom, Inigo Gilmore
Producer: Rupert Sansom
‘TOPOWA!’ is the inspirational story of 12 talented young musicians, many of whom grew up as street children in some of the toughest slums in Uganda. From the dusty dirt roads of the Katwe slum to the iconic Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, and a residency at the world-famous Cheltenham Music Festival. The documentary features the Brass for Africa musicians and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, together with British virtuoso trumpeter Alison Balsom and saxophonist Jess Gillam. We follow Julius, Sumayya, Tadeo, Gilbert, and the Brass for Africa musicians as they are welcomed to the UK for an unforgettable experience that will transform their lives forever and empower the next generation of musicians to follow their dreams.
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