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Duran, Lucy (2013) Da kali – the pledge to the art of the griot, Growing into Music in Mali part I. SOAS. Available from

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Da Kali - the pledge to the art of the griot (Growing into Music in Mali) Directed by Lucy Durán; edited Michele Banal. 80 minutes. An AHRC Beyond Text: Growing into Music project Da Kali is the first of two Growing into Music films on Mali. Shot on location between 2009-12, it follows the children of four celebrated jeli (griot) families in southern Mali as they face the challenges of learning the ancient art of the griot in the 21st century. It is the first time that the process of childhood music learning in Mali has ever been documented. Just turned twelve, Rokia Kouyaté is determined to learn the lyrical style of her famous grandfather the singer Kasse Mady Diabaté, and performs at noisy wedding parties, and for a popular television competition. Precocious Thierre Diarra at the age of four is already on the path to becoming a virtuoso on the jembe, following in the footsteps of his father Adama. Ten year-old Salif Diabaté, nephew of kora master, Toumani Diabaté, struggles to fit kora lessons into his busy school schedule, but begins to improve dramatically over a school holiday. And seven year-old Saran Kouyaté and her younger sister, the five year-old Ami, are taught songs by their grandmother, the charismatic and fiery Bako Dagnon, considered one of the great master-singers of Mali. Her ideas about passing on her musical knowledge are rooted in the rural traditions of the remote village where she was born and raised, Golobladji - where her extended family continue to sing the hauntingly beautiful songs of the countryside.

Item Type: Films
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Music
Copyright Statement: Lucy Duran/SOAS
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 09:46
Related URLs: http://www.grow ... (Organisation URL)

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