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The Rhythmatist (1985)

A musical oddessy through the heart of Africa in search of the roots of Rock & Roll.


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Credited cast:
Lorne Blair Lorne Blair ... Doctor, The
Tisch Raye Tisch Raye ... The Goddess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stewart Copeland ... Stewart Copeland


A musical oddessy through the heart of Africa in search of the roots of Rock & Roll.

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Music | Documentary







Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Africa See more »

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CCCP, Charter Films See more »
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Did You Know?


The first film to use a digital sound editing system. A Fairlight prototype system was used by 'Stewart Copeland' to creat the music score. The picture was mixed at Video London. See more »


Referenced in No 73: Alfresco (1985) See more »

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About The Rhythmatist,
16 January 2006 | by georgina-elizondoSee all my reviews

It is an extraordinary documentary about music & Africa. I love the film. I saw it many times, since I bought it a long time ago. I love to see My Music Superman deeply involved as an archaeologist guy. I never went to Africa, but this was an amazing way to get a little bit in touch with that part of our world. The important thing, is that Stewart turns into art some of his selected life experiences. He has a unique perspective and turns it in Magic, transforming his pilgrim experiences into musical art and was very funny and good for me, see his work. I feel very happy making contact with his essence through his records. I also loved to see the African animals in a safety way for me. The thing I like it the most is when I see Stewart Copeland, riding and running his horse, but between giraffes. As he said, he felt like he was riding in slow motion action, but all was a real experience. ¡Bravo!

PS. Thinking more about Rhythmatist now I want to talk about people in Africa. Is good to see how they live there and Stewart as an anthropology man involved with people just like another human being. He played his music there, listened to their music, and also danced in an African party between them.

Is like he is taking profit to his life opportunities, (I understand better this thanks to some writes of veil of ignorance. Rawls.) to share trough or across his art, to all people who likes and follow his music and film paraphernalia.

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