Robert Garfias recordings: Jali Nyama Suso: Kora Player of the Gambia, 1972-06-03  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Garfias, Robert; Knight, Roderic; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Title
Robert Garfias recordings: Jali Nyama Suso: Kora Player of the Gambia
Dates
1972-06-03
Quantity
2 items  :  94-8.1 EC - 1 vct (VHS); 94-8.2 EC - 1 DVD; Duration: 00:20:00; film log.
Collection Number
1994008
Summary
Commercial video produced by Robert Garfias and Roderic Knight in 1992 from film footage of a performance by Jali Nyama Suso (kora player and former professor at the University of Washington) recorded at the University of Washington, 6/3/72.
Repository
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
98195-3450
Telephone: 206-543-0974
ethnoarc@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

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Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Roderic C. Knight is an emeritus professor at Oberlin College, where he taught ethnomusicology courses for 32 years (1976-2008). His principal areas of research include the Mandinka people of Gambia, tribal music of Central India, abd organology (the scientific study of musical instruments). Additionally, he created the Knight-Revision of Hornbostel-Sachs, a system for classifying musical instruments.

For more information, see http://www2.oberlin.edu/faculty/rknight/

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Filmed and recorded by Robert Garfias and Roderic Knight (2 Arriflex cameras, Nagra).

See collection 72-23 for original audio recording of film session.

Jali Nyama Suso/kora and vocals performs: Ala l'a ke (Allah's Deed); Jula Faso (Merchant's Tune); Yundumunku (Man from Yundum); Masane Sise (Masanneh Sisay).

DVD copy of published recording given to UW Ethnomusicology Archives by Roderic Knight, 2/2013.

Documentation: Additional liner notes by R. Knight

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Kora (Musical instrument)
  • Kora music
  • Malinke
  • Music--Africa
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Vocal
  • Geographical Names :
  • Africa
  • Gambia
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • West Africa
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Video recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Suso, Nyama, -1991 (performer)