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Title Siaka, an African musician / Süpor Xao, Sélénium Films present ; a film by Hugo Zemp.

Published Western Australia : Kanopy, c2013.


Location Call No. Status
Edition English version.
Physical description 3 streaming videos (97 minutes) : sound, colour.
Series Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection.
Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection.
Notes Originally produced as a motion picture in 2005.
"The English version was made possible by the award to the filmmaker in 2005 of the Laura Boulton Senior Fellowship, Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music"--Closing screens.
Credits Research, photography, sound, Hugo Zemp ; editors, Hugo Zemp, Jean Matin ; research assistant and translations, Sikaman Soro ; English translation, Richard Maxwell ; voice, Steven Feld.
Performers Siaka Diabaté, Soungalo Coulibaly.
Summary Siaka Diabaté is a musician at Bouaké, the second largest town in the Côte d'Ivoire. Through his mother's family he is Senufo, but through his father's ancestry he considers himself a Mande griot. He is a multi-talented professional musician, and for the local festivals plays five instruments: the Senufo and Maninka balafons, the kora harp, the dundun drum and the electric guitar. This film shows Siaka playing in the group led by Soungalo Coulibaly before his death in 2004, including the use of jembe drums, which we also see being made. Using long continuous shots that give priority to the music and to what Siaka and Soungalo have to say, this documentary introduces the audience to a fascinating world of urban music that incorporates traditional songs and dances by griots. Shot on site a few weeks before rising of civil war, during various festivities, this film presents a living portrait of this lovable and highly skilled musician working in a traditional environment, adding another dimension to the pleasure of seeing and hearing him during his international tours.
Original Version Electronic reproduction. Originally produced: France : Sélénium Films, Hugo Zemp, Süpor XAO, 2005.
System notes Streaming video.
Language notes In English, and French with English subtitles; vocals in Mandingo and Senari.
Other author Zemp, Hugo, producer.
Diabaté, Siaka, performer.
Coulibaly, Soungalo, performer.
Süpor XAO (Firm), production company.
Sélénium Films, production company.
Kanopy (Firm), issuing body.
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm), issuing body.
Subject Diabaté, Siaka.
Mandingo (African people) -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Music.
Senufo (African people) -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Music.
Musicians -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Bouaké.
Griots -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Music.
Griots -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Biography.
Balo music.
Music -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Bouaké.
Dance -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Bouaké.
Bouaké (Côte d'Ivoire) -- Social life and customs.