In the early twen­tieth century, Kid Dyna­mite trav­elled as a stow­away from Surinam to the Nether­lands, where he was quite a sight as a black man and became very successful as a jazz musi­cian incor­po­rating Latin Amer­ican influ­ences. Director Hans Hylkema presents a nostalgic picture of the pre-war jazz scene, using various anec­dotes by colleagues and contem­po­raries. But he also shows the influ­ence of the Suri­namese nature worship winti on the music of Kid, who allegedly carried a magical snake inside his body. Hylkema shifts back and forth between Holland and Suri­name, mingling past and present in his docug­raphy’ of the Surinam tenor sax player. Kid’s wife and two sons are among the witnesses to his career, which reached a dead­lock during the war as a result of race laws and never got off the ground anymore. But his music lives on, as proven by the recent record­ings for the CD Kid Now.


Executive producer
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
TV company
Distributor NL
Public Film

Title: Kid Dynamite
Year: 2001
Duration : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2002

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