Skip to content

Directed by Arnaud Robert

Switzerland 2015 58 mins. In French

Benin’s Gangbé Brass Band has been touring the world for 15 years, bringing their effervescent, high-energy brand of Afrobeat to audiences of all sizes and colors. But when they’re offered the opportunity to perform with Femi Kuti at New Afrika Shrine—a legendary club in Lagos, Nigeria—the Band seized the once-in-a-lifetime experience. The film follows their spiritual journey to the homeland of Afrobeat, where they perform, encounter their hero Kuti, and reconnect with friends and relatives. Through this experience they engage with the ideals of contemporary pan-Africanism and find themselves rejuvenated and immersed in a world of new ideas. Gangbé! is a story of a new and confident Africa, one that no longer aspires to the European dream, told through the lens of rhythm and musical fervor. In French with English subtitles.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.