‘Med Hondo’s Sarraounia: The musical articulation of cultural transformation’

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Abstract

This article examines music in Med Hondo’s Sarraounia, considering how it contributes to the dramatic form of the movie while concurrently articulating narratives regarding cultural transformation through both its extrinsic (cultural) and intrinsic (formal) dimensions. Examining how the use of traditional and contemporary African music politicises diegetic space by referring us to the relationships between indigenous musical forms and their global, culturally hybrid descendents, it then demonstrates the complex manner in which the film uses the formal specificities of African and Western musical idioms to articulate a narrative regarding the cultural transformations that occur when an oral culture (Africa) encounters a literate, modernised culture (the West).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-213
Number of pages19
JournalMusic, Sound, and the Moving Image
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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