The Wood And The Calabash

The Wood And The Calabash

Downloadable Video - 2015
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A Hugo Zemp Film. Among the Senufo people of northern Cote d'Ivoire, the balafon (xylophone with calabash resonators) is an emblematic musical instrument. Balafon makers are all musicians, but a balafon player isn't necessarily an instrument maker. The film shows in detail the manufacture of this musical instrument, an indispensable element in the life of the Senufo people. Each step is shown, from the initial prayer to the genies of the balafon before felling a tree, through the cutting and tuning of the keys and the resonators, to the fixing of the buzzing membranes, which give this instrument its very characteristic timbre. Nanga, the balafon maker, talks about his work and discusses different aspects with friends during a meal. Other films in the Masters of the Balafon series Funeral Festivities The Joy of Youth Friend, Well Come! Filmmaker: Hugo Zemp
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] :, Kanopy Streaming,, 2015.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file)
Additional Contributors: Zemp, Hugo
Kanopy (Firm)

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