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Title Masters of the balafon : funeral festivities / a film by Hugo Zemp.

Published Western Australia : Kanopy, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 2 streaming videos (105 minutes) : sound, colour.
polychrome rdacc
Series Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection.
Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection.
Performers Nahoua Silue, master balafonist ; Sikaman Soro, balafonist, research assistant for this film.
Summary Among the Senufo people of northern Côte d'Ivoire, the balafon (xylophone with calabash resonators) is an emblematic musical instrument. This film shows balafon orchestras playing in five villages during the two principal days of funeral festivities, celebrations that include the most important rites, ceremonies and rejoicings in the life of the Senufo. During dialogues with Sikaman, a young musician who acted as research assistant for this film series, the master balafonist Nahoua gives the key to understanding how this marvelous music comes into being, and what it means.
Audience Classification:
Original Version Electronic reproduction. Originally produced: Paris : Süpor XAO, Sélénium Films, Hugo Zemp, 2001.
System notes Streaming video.
Language notes English subtitles.
Other author Silue, Nahoua, performer.
Zemp, Hugo, producer.
Soro, Sikaman, performer.
Süpor XAO (Firm), production company.
Sélénium Films, production company.
Kanopy (Firm), issuing body.
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm), issuing body.
Subject Balo music.
Senufo (African people) -- Funeral customs and rites.
Music -- Côte d'Ivoire.
Variant Title Funeral festivities.