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Congo Beat The Drum

Two musicians from Tel Aviv travel to Jamaica to record an album with forgotten reggae artists from the past. The film follows Ariel Tagar (Kalbata) and Uri Wertheim (Mixmonster), from their basement studio in Tel Aviv, all the way to the Kingston ghettos, looking for their favourite singers of days gone by. In Jamaica, they encounter a strange, often challenging culture while trying to achieve their goal. A unique musical journey into the forgotten corners of reggae of the seventies and eighties, and a rare glimpse into the smoky, dusty world of Rub-a-Dub and its past champions.

  • Ariel Tagar
  • Ariel Tagar
  • Nissim Massas
  • Johnathan Doweck
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  • Runtime:
    57 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 12, 2014
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  • Country of Filming:
    Israel, Jamaica
  • Language:
    English, Hebrew
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  • Jerusalem Film Festival
    Jerusalem, Israel
    July 12, 2014
    International Premiere
Director Biography - Ariel Tagar

Born in Tel Aviv, Ariel Tagar is a photographer and a musician. Tagar studied photography at the University of the Arts London and worked as photojournalist. He lived in the UK for a number of years where he began a prolific career as an electronic music producer working under the name 'Kalbata'. Ariel's work has always been deeply rooted in underground culture, both in the form of cutting edge music and imagery. His film, 'Congo Beat The Drum' is a documentary film shot in Jamaica and Tel Aviv. A musical journey following the recording of his album with forgotten reggae artists from the past.

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