By Randi Somers
Homer residents Doug and Laurel Epps recently released their feature-length documentary about the Cross-Cultural Celebration of Zimbabwean Music they entitled “Soul Resonance,” to the world. During their five-year adventure they traveled all over North America, interviewing over 100 people, including 25 Zimbabweans. They were honored to have noted musician Taj Mahal as their narrator.
Jamie Sutton allowed them to have a premiere showing of their ‘almost-completed’ movie during the Doc Fest at the Homer Theatre in October 2011. They also brought a Zimbabwean musician, Tendai Muparutsa ABD (Doctoral Candidate in Music Education) to Homer.
His arrangement and performance of a traditional Zimbabwean song on marimbas is the opening song of their movie. He taught his music in Cultural Immersion presentations at local schools and to the Zimbabwean marimba ensembles in town.
After the first showing during Doc Fest, there was a Marimba Jam where local Zimbabwean music enthusiasts participated on stage.
Their DVD is for sale locally at The Homer Bookstore and Captain’s Coffee. They can also be purchased on their website, where you can read about their five-year journey and watch a three-minute preview of the film.
“The most enjoyable part of creating “Soul Resonance” was having ‘intimate circles’ with those we interviewed, hearing how this music had changed their lives,” Laural writes. She says they feel honored to have documented how this music is continuing to change the lives of many.
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