Tue 1 May 2018 | 8:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Haezor - 13 HaRechev St, Tel Aviv,
About the film:
Israeli reggae-funk bassist and producer Yossi Fine, known as the Jimi Hendrix of bass guitar, has recorded and produced music with renowned artists around the world, including Lou Reed, Brian Eno and the late David Bowie.
In 2013, Fine was surprised to discover that his great-grandmother was of Indian descent. Having previously travelled to Jamaica and Mali to reconnect with his European and Caribbean ancestral roots and expand his musical repertoire, Fine’s curiosity was once again sparked. As serendipity would have it, Fine was invited to perform at India’s Rajasthan International Folk Festival in Jodhpur, and decided to seize the opportunity to explore his previously unknown heritage. Fine travelled to India to collaborate with local folk musicians, reconnecting with old friends and fellow Israeli musicians Shye Ben Tzur and Gil Ron Shama along the way.
Mandala Beats vibrantly documents Fine’s personal journey to India and how its unique culture and musical style shapes both his own and his contemporaries artistic style. A series of chance encounters culminate in a stunning collaboration between friends and musicians on the banks of the Ganges River in the city of Rishikesh. A poetic and momentous performance, it echoes the film’s deepest sentiments of music’s extraordinary ability to break barriers and unite people from all walks of life.
Mandala Beats explores the intersection of music, culture and identity, something which resonates deeply with Fine. His diverse background and knowledge of music, coupled with an unwavering belief in his own destiny as someone meant to build bridges with his work, is felt in the magical soundtrack; a blend of Fine’s own reggae grooves and classical Indian chants. The film vividly demonstrates how India’s one-of-a-kind musical language and the oral traditions of passing it from generation to generation, inspire a freedom of expression and reignite Fine’s passion. Having crossed personal and geographic borders through music, Fine returns to Israel uplifted by his Indian experience and inspired to take on ambitious new musical directions.