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Siaka, An African Musician
Siaka Diabate is a musician at Bouake, the second largest town in the Cote d'Ivoire. Through his mother's family he is Senufo, but through his father's ancestry he considers himself a Mande griot. He is a multi-talented professional musician, and…
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An African Brass Band - Traditional Music of Cote d'Ivoire
Part of the Series: Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
At the beginning of the 20th century in Jacqueville, near Abidjan in the Cote d'Ivoire, traditional music was forbidden by the missionaries. But the inhabitants' enjoyment of their local festivals proved stronger, and the little town developed its own brass…
Funeral Festivities
A Hugo Zemp Film. Among the Senufo people of northern Cote d'Ivoire, the balafon (xylophone with calabash resonators) is an emblematic musical instrument. This film shows balafon orchestras playing in five villages during the two principal days of funeral festivities,…
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Are'are Music
A fascinating documentation of the traditional musical culture of the 'Are'are people of the Solomon Islands, in the South-Western Pacific. The three LP records published after a first one-year field-research in 1969-70 were a "phenomenal surprise" (Garfias) as they revealed…
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Shaping Bamboo
Part of the Series: Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
For the 'Are'are people of the Solomon Islands, the most valued music is that of the four types of panpipe ensembles. With the exception of slit drums, all musical instruments are made of bamboo; therefore the general word for instruments…
The Song of Harmonics
Part of the Series: Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
In the practice of overtone singing (called also bi-phonic singing), whose best known examples can be found in Mongolia and with the Tuva people of Southern Siberia, a single person sings what the audience perceives as two voices at the…
The Wood and the Calabash
Part of the Series: Masters of the Balafon series
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…
A Swiss Yodelling Series - "Jüüzli" of the Muotatal
These four films present a variant of an alpine singing type characterized by the swift alternation from chest voice to head voice, known since the nineteenth century under the German name of "yodel." In the Swiss German dialect of the…
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Funeral Chants from the Georgian Caucasus
Part of the Series: Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
The villages of the Svaneti province are located in north-western Georgia, in the valleys that lie between the mountains of the Caucasus. The Svans represent about 1% of the Georgian population. Their language differs from the Georgian language, and their…
The Joy of Youth
Part of the Series: Masters of the Balafon series
A Hugo Zemp Film. Among the Senufo people of northern Cote d'Ivoire, the balafon (xylophone with calabash resonators) is an emblematic musical instrument. The music of the balafon is a source of joy while the young men are doing collective…
Friend, Well Come!
Among the Senufo people of northern Cote d'Ivoire, the balafon (xylophone with calabash resonators) is an emblematic musical instrument. Returning to Senufo country 40 years after his first encounter with balafon music in 1958, ethnomusicologist Hugo Zemp recalls memories of…
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The Feast-Day of Tamar and Lashari
Part of the Series: Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
The Pshavi people of the eastern mountains of the Republic of Georgia perform a ritual which can be characterized as a syncretism of ancient polytheistic beliefs and Orthodox Christian faith, but which is qualified by city habitants of Tbilisi as…
Duduki of Tbilisi - Eldar Shoshitashvili and His Students
Part of the Series: Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
While the rural polyphonic songs of Georgia (Caucasus) are internationally appreciated and have become a national symbol, the urban instrumental music of the eastern part of the country is less well known. The Georgian duduki, a double-reed wind instrument of…
Masters of the Balafon series
Balafon is the name given in French speaking West Africa to a xylophone with calabash resonators. This instrument is emblematic of the Senufo people of the Cote d'Ivoire (the former Ivory Coast). The balafon is played under differing circumstances and…
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