The wood and the calabash [electronic resource] / written and directed by Hugo Zemp.
- Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2002.
- Ethnographic video online, volume 1
Masters of the balafon
1 online resource (49 min.).
- Balo music.
Music -- Côte d'Ivoire.
Senufo (African people) -- Social life and customs.
- Ethnographic films.
- This edition in English.
- Among the Senufo people of northern Côte 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.
- Title from title frames (Ethnographic video online, viewedMar. 12, 2014).
Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2014. (Ethnographic video online, volume 1). Available via World Wide Web.
- Zemp, Hugo. , Screenwriter, Director
Alexander Street Press.
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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