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Born Musicians [electronic resource]: Traditional Music From the Gambia

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Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Traveling from the remote villages of the Upper River Division to the nation's capital, Banjul, this program focuses on the music of the Mandinkas and their jalis, the society's hereditary professional musicians. Displaying the delicate beauty of such instruments as the 21-string harp-lute and the xylophone and the powerfully expressive singing of the instrumentalists' wives, Gambian music is presented as an essential part of ceremonial occasions. Performers include The Kanute Family, Momadu Camara, Aamadu Jeebaate, and Mawdo Suusoo.
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Run Time
60 min.
7 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 09, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Traditional Music from the Gambia
Repercussions: A Celebration of African-Influenced Music
  • Circumcision Camp (1:46)
  • Sacred Washing (2:11)
  • Boys Dance (1:33)
  • Kanute (2:56)
  • Kanute Grandfather (44:03)
  • Lambang (2:40)
  • Stringed Instrument (2:44)
  • Harvest Dance (2:38)
  • Ancient Song (3:11)
  • Amplifying Wife's Song (2:52)
  • Mandinka Musical Legend (1:53)
  • Naming Ceremony (3:35)
  • Wedding Song (2:00)
  • One-Stringed Instrument (1:42)
  • Circumcision Ceremony (3:11)
  • Inspection (1:53)
  • Kora (2:03)
  • Singing (2:31)
  • Jaliyaa Practice and Change (2:12)
  • First Baloo Song (3:05)
  • Playing Instrument (2:42)
  • Son Accompanies Father (1:32)
  • Kanute Family Performs (4:21)
  • Credits: Born Musicians: Traditional Music from the Gambia (1:03)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c1984.
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  • 10509 Films Media Group
  • 10508s Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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