Chérif Keïta & Alhaji Papa Susso: "Griots, Nobility, and the Transformation of Musical Culture in Contemporary West Africa"

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Chérif Keïta & Alhaji Papa Susso: "Griots, Nobility, and the Transformation of Musical Culture in Contemporary West Africa"

Time: March 13, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: La Maison Française of NYU
Street: 16 Washington Mews (at University Place)
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://www.nyu.edu/maisonfran…
Phone: 212-998-8750
Event Type: lecture/performance
Organized By: La Maison Française of NYU
Latest Activity: Mar 1, 2013

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Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
CO-SPONSORED WITH INSTITUTE OF FRENCH STUDIES

Griots, Nobility, and the Transformation of Musical Culture in Contemporary West Africa

Lecture/Performance

CHÉRIF KEÏTA
Professor of French and Francophone Literatures, Carleton College; author of Outcast to Ambassador: The Musical Odyssey of Salif Keïta

ALHAJI PAPA SUSSO
Griot; master kora (African harp-lute) player; director, Koriya Musa Center for Research in Oral Tradition

  

What happens when a nobleman picks up a guitar and sings praise? When a djéli or griot crosses an ocean, changing both his patronage network and the very stories that establish his legitimacy? How are castes remade, both by individuals and by the societies in transition from which they emerge?

These are but a few of the questions that will be addressed in a dialogue between Chérif Keïta, a specialist of the Mande world, and Alhaji Papa Susso, a Senegambian kora player who lives in New York. They will provide us a glimpse into the West African musical diaspora through both analysis and song, providing an evening of reflection, song, and certainly a bit of humor.

 

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