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Title:Sotigui Kouyaté: a modern griot
Editor:Haroun, Mahamat-SalehISNI
City of publisher:New York, NY
Publisher:ArtMattan Productions
Geographic term:Mali
documentary films (form)
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About person:Sotigui Kouyaté (1936-2010)
Abstract:Born in 1936 in Bamako (Mali) and died in Paris (France) in 2010, the actor Sotigui Kouyaté belonged to an illustrious family of griots, masters of words, who are at once genealogists, historians, masters of ceremonies, advisers, mediators, singers and musicians. He had a long association with UK theatre director Peter Brook. The pair collaborated on a 1983 screen production of Indian epic tale the Mahabharata. Kouyaté wrote and staged a number of plays himself, and was the founder of the Mandeko Theatre in Bamako. Filling each of his roles with profound dignity, he has appeared in some 60 films, including 'Sia, le rêve du python' and 'Keïta! L'héritage du griot' directed by his son Dany Kouyaté. Through testimonies by Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carrière, Jean-Pierre Guigane, and Sotigui Kouyaté himself, this documentary dresses the portrait of one of Africa's greatest actors. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]