Musical performance in French West Africa and Angola, footage (c.1934) – Laura Boulton *

Dogon women dancing to the sound of calabashes – Musical performance footage, French West Africa (c.1934) – Laura Boulton

40 mins., b&w, silent

Source : NAFC

Technically accomplished but mute footage of music-making, first in Angola, and then in French West Africa. Includes some remarkable images of xylophone players in Angola, and of dancing among the Dogon of Sangha in present-day Mali, including not only their well-known masked dancing, but also a particularly interesting sequence of women dancing with calabash gourd drums, a form that to the best of our knowledge does not appear in the later films of Marcel Griaule and Jean Rouch.

Text : Boulton 1969


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