With the commercial exploitation of the American colonies, thousands of Africans are brought to Seville to be sold as slaves. Some are exported to the colonies and others stay in the city. The latter form part of a population of Afro-Andalusians, who over time manage to gain space in a society wrought with racial prejudices, whilst dealing with their situation as slaves. Music and dance will be part of their expression and the most important affirmation of their identity.
Gurumbe, unearthing African memories on Iberian soil
The bones of African slaves found under an old garbage dump in Seville in the 21-st century shake the screen in the first minutes of Gurumbe.
The human remains are proof of the important population of African slaves in that Spanish city since 1500.
But the African descendants who now live in that region do not escape the prejudice that usually resides in white-majority countries.
The search for the cultural and racial origins makes it possible to understand in the present the ancestral sufferings, the inherent violence of a compulsory migration and the magical fusion of cultural expressions that exists today.
To address these issues, director Miguel Angel Rosales constructs a friendly and educational narrative, while attending experts in the field and a musician whose vocal melodies are like an echo of the rich and painful African memory on Iberian soil.