A screening of Dani Kouyaté's film, Keita: The heritage of the griot (1995).
In this story-within-a-story, Mabo Keita, a young boy living in contemporary Burkina Faso, receives a message from a traditional storyteller (griot) that he must “learn the meaning of his name.” Mabo is a descendent of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the Mali Empire and hero of The Epic of Sundiata. As Sundiata Keita comes to understand his role in Mande history, so the younger Keita grasps the scope and significance of his heritage—a lesson that was not taught in his school's Westernized curriculum.
Dani Kouyaté is a director of film and theater, writer, actor, storyteller and musician, whose work spans three decades and deals broadly with questions of culture, society and identity at the interstices of Africa and Europe, tradition and modernity, past, present and future. Kouyaté was awarded the Junior Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Best First Film Prize at FESPACO (Burkina Faso) for Keita: The heritage of the griot.
NOTE: Lectures in Musicology is screening Keita: The heritage of the griot in advance of Dani Kouyaté’s public lecture on Monday, September 25 (4 p.m., same location), with host Ryan Skinner, musicology, Ohio State School of Music. A screening of Kouyaté’s latest feature film, Medan Vi Lever ("While We Live"), will take place at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Tuesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.
Lectures in Musicology is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Libraries.
Lectures are held Mondays at 4 p.m. in the 18th Avenue Library, 175 W. 18th Ave. (Music/Dance Library, second floor, room 205), except the September 26 event at the Wexner Center. These events are free and open to the public.