In 1955, as the Soviet Union's pervasive propaganda about the U.S. and American racism spread globally, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. convinced President Eisenhower that jazz was the best way to intervene in the Cold War cultural conflict. For the next decade, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Dave Brubeck traveled the globe to perform as cultural ambassadors. Through archival footage, photos, and radio clips, examines...
Features top African musicians performing before a local audience of more than 50,000 at the Iba Mar Diop Stadium in Dakar, Senegal in the fight against malaria. Includes live performances from the two-day music festival produced by Youssou N'Dour, backstage comments from the artists, and insights into the organization of the event in Dakar.