"People and Sounds": Filming African music between visual anthropology and television documentary
University de Valladolid
In order to deepen our knowledge of traditional music, both European and of any origin, it is essential to 'see' the music instead of just listening to it or writing about it. Since the birth of visual anthropology there have been different ways of developing this idea. Through a review of the documentary films produced from the fifties to the present, this communication shows the changes in the priorities of the film industry in terms of the representation of world music. The dialectical tension between the ethnographic approach and the fictional approach has been constant. This communication maintains that auteur films can reach an ethnomusicological level, although not a scientific one, in addition to providing a poetic factor of great value to this field.
African music , Ethnomusicology , Visual anthropology , Documentary film
D'Amico, L. (2005) 'People and Sounds. Filming African music between visual anthropology and television documentary', VII Encuentros de Estìo: Mùsicas de Africa Subsahariana. Experiencias recientes de investigaciòn , 26-19 Sept, Valladolid, Spain.