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Editors:Goetze, VolkerISNI
Cissoko, AblayeISNI
City of publisher:Brooklyn, NY
Publisher:Weitblick Media
Geographic term:Senegal
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
Abstract:This documentary film introduces us to Goetze's own soulful trumpet stylings and the extraordinary voice and calabash harp artistry of Senegalese musician Ablaye Cissoko. 'Africa is the spiritual centre of the Planet Earth', claims one of the many contributors to this film, and, given the evidence, it is a claim that becomes difficult to disprove. Ostensibly, Goetze's documentary sets out to explore the history and role of the griots whose spiritual and musical talents are passed 'through the blood' from generation to generation. Their role is many-faceted: historian, storyteller, praise-singer, poet and musician. Ablaye Cissoko, thinker, leader and gifted musician, is an examplar. The film has at least three elements that compel our attention and capture our minds and hearts: the outstanding music; the cinematography, which brings to life the vibrant colours of West Africa and the splendours of its natural life; and the almost hallucinatory animation which adds another texture to the music. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]