Making the Band, the second feature film by Ugandan-Canadian couple Phad Mutumba (director) and Xena Zandrah Bantarizah (producer) has won multiple awards at the prestigious Zanzibar International Film Festival. The film won the Chairman’s Award from chairman Martin Mhando who said of the film, “This is a Knock Out! Emotionally charged and that’s what Zanzibari / African audiences will resonate with… Absolutely a charm.” This is the second year in a row Phaz Motion Pictures has picked up this award, the 2010 one going to the feature “My Policy”.
Making the Band also won the award for Best Score, awarded jointly to director Phad Mutumba and composer Jawad Chaaban. In addition to being an up and coming filmmaker, Mr. Mutumba is also a singer songwriter, and contributes many songs to the soundtrack, and worked with Chabaan to re-record some African classics with the rest of the cast.
The lighthearted drama follows four young woman trying to make it big in the music world with their Afro-pop band based in the most unlikely of places: chilly Montreal, Canada. When the girls unsuccessfully try to balance their day jobs, love lives, and band responsibilities, tensions flare and threaten to break up not just the band, but their close friendships as well.
Producer Bantarizah and lead actress Whitsa Jean were in Zanzibar to accept the awards. The Haitian-Canadian Jean, who has sung back up to Empire Isis, Catburglaz, and Mitsou to name just a few, also contributed to the soundtrack along with the other leads Kim Nelson and Linda C. Lerato.
Making the Band was produced by Simpli Phaz Entertainment, and produced in association with Green Dragon Productions, and Rail City Media.