14 February 2019 (MacRobert Building, @uniofaberdeen, room 051
Janeu: #Bhojpuri #Initiation #Rites and #Folk #Songs (dir. Rajat Nayyar)
This sonic cinema, by visual #anthropologist Rajat Nayyar, is on the folk songs sung by women during the initiation ritual (Janeu or Upanayana) in the #Bhadwar village of #Bihar and it documents the landscape of the event. While rituals in India are majorly seen as men's job, not many know that women hold an equally important role in the #purification rituals – of expressing the emotions that develop during the ritual through songs.
The Voice of #Tradition (dir. Lucy Duran)
On July 7, 2015, #Mali lost one of its most iconic and revered singers, #BakoDagnon, aged only 62. She was not well known outside the country, despite two international CD releases, but at home she was feted by everyone from Mali’s presidents to the humblest farmers and taxi drivers. Musicians such as #alifarkatoure and Rokia Traoré were inspired by her voice, which was not only beautiful, but carried great authority. Bako transcended #politics and regional styles; she represented the last of the old school of hereditary #musicians, who learned her #skills and #knowledge with the elders, face to face.
Between 2009-2012, the 'Growing into Music in Mali' film team were extremely fortunate to film this wonderful singer at her home in #Bamako, as well as in her remote native village, #Golobladji. Some of these scenes can be seen in 'Da Kali - the pledge to the art of the #griots', from which this shorter film, 'Bako Dagnon - the voice of tradition', is extracted. It gives many candid and unique insights into oral transmission as it was decades ago in rural Mali. Bako explains and demonstrates her ideas and #philosophy about passing on musical skills and knowledge to the next generation, and we see several of her granddaughters learning a