By Shawn Kennedy, interim editor-in-chief
At the Academy Awards ceremony last night, “Music by Prudence,” the documentary about Prudence Mabhena, won the award for best documentary short. Prudence is the lead singer of Liyana, a group of young Zimbabwean musicians who graced the above cover of our August issue last year. All of the band members have some kind of disability and attended the King George VI School and Centre for Children with Physical Disabilities in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. When they performed throughout the United States last year, AJN’s senior editorial coordinator Alison Bulman interviewed them after their concert in New York.
Go here for links to podcasts of interviews with the band and the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams—and also to some of the music of Liyana (the podcasts will load, but right now can take up to 30 seconds on some computers!). You can also read Bulman’s short article about this remarkable troupe here, or a blog post about Liyana we published some months back. Congratulations to Liyana, and to Williams, who helped them tell their story!
(And click here to read an interview posted yesterday on Huffington Post and WalletPop with Alison about her experience interviewing the film’s director and producer, whose relationship has been the subject of controversy since an awkward moment at the Academy Awards ceremony.)