People and sounds: Filming African music between visual anthropology and television documentary
SIBE Sociedad de Etnomusicología
Watching music, and not only listening to or writing about it, is a priority to deepen in the knowledge of traditional music both in Europe and elsewhere. Since visual anthropology was born, there have been different ways to convey this idea. Through a review of the documentary films produced from the fifties until the present time, the paper shows the historical changes on the film industry priorities with regard to world music portrayals. The dialectal tension between fictional and ethnographic approaches has been a constant. This paper supports the premise that auteur films can reach ethnomusicological level, although not being scientific, and have an added poetical value of great help in this field.
Ethnomusicology , Visual anthropology , Documentary film
D'Amico, L. (2007) 'People and sounds: Filming African music between visual anthropology and television documentary', TRANS - Revista Transcultural de Música, 11, (7 pp). https://www.sibetrans.com/trans/articulo/123/people-and-sounds-filming-african-music-between-visual-anthropology-and-television-documentary