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Title:Music and narrative in five films by Ousmane Sembčne
Author:Diop, SambaISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas
Geographic term:Senegal
About person:Sembčne Ousmane (1923-2007)ISNI
Abstract:This article focuses on music in Ousmane Sembčne's films as an integral part of film narrative. The author first describes the traditional musical instruments of Senegal and their usage, and proceeds to analysing the mood they create in Sembčne's first three socio-realist films - Borom sarret (1963), La noire de.../Black Girl (1966), Mandabi (1968). As a narrative counterpoint to traditional instruments, piano dance music mostly indicts the colonial ideology and its aftermath after independence. The article also illustrates Sembčne's well-known concern for egalitarianism among the various ethnic groups of Senegal. It discusses Sembčne's changing and experimental concept of sound as a narrative device, analysing the meaning of vocals (with their translation), the sounds of the environment as well as silence in Emitaď (1972). In Sembčne's more recent films, it interprets the use of popular stars heard over the radio as a sign of the democratization of the enjoyment of music. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]