7PM: Performance by Kankaba Kanuteh
7:30PM: Screening of clips from In Search of Finah Misah Kule followed by a Q&A with director Kewulay Kamara and a performance by Badenya, an ensemble playing jail music from Sierra Leone, Gambia and Mali.
Bronx Griot: The African Jali Tradition in NYC focuses on the West African jali tradition, which involves chronicling West African history through story-telling, praise singing, and poetry. Jalis (“griot” is the commonly used French word) are the historians of their communities as they sing its history. The event kicks off with a performance by Kankaba Kanuteh, followed by a screening of clips from In Search of Finah Misa Kule, a documentary that follows the poet Kewulay Kamara (director) as he revisits his homeland in an effort to restore ancient chronicles that were destroyed or displaced during the recent militarized conflict in Sierra Leone.
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