Music Masters and Rhythm Kings

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A celebration of the rich heritage of southern traditional music and the people who created it. This performance documentary focuses on three different styles of blues, stringband music, and AfroCuban bembe drumming. The production explores the contributions of their root cultures African, British Isles, and Caribbean, and weaves the music together with memories, history and music.

  • Film by: Peggy Bulger, Melissa Shepard Sykes
  • Produced by: Peggy Bulger and Melissa Shepard Sykes
  • Cinematographer: John Godwin
  • Sound: Greg Linton
  • Editor: John Godwin
  • Other Credits: Performances by Musicans: Pappy Sherrill & the Hired Hands, Harold Lucas, Randy Lucas, Frank Hartley, Eddie Kirkland, Neal Pattman, Timo Kielnecker, Florencio Baro & Eri Okan, Raul Perez, Felix Rodriquez, Armando Santoyo.
  • Funding: The National Endowment for the Arts, Folk Arts Program, The Knight Foundation, The Southern Humanities Media Fund, and Courtyard by Marriott.
  • Original Format: Betacam SP
  • © 1993, Southern Arts Federation and GA Telecommunications Commission
  • 59mins, Color