African Writers' Club
The old and new culture of Africa. African Writers' Club
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Ekwensi, Cyprian, 1921- (male), Achebe, Chinua, 1930- (male)
Nkosi, Lewis, 1936- (male)
Duerden, Dennis (male)
Duerden, Dennis (presenter, male), Kariuki, Josiah Mwangi (male), unidentified (male)
Item notes : This programme is called 'The Old and New Culture of Africa: A Tour of African in Sound' and is recorded and presented by Denis Duerden of the Transcription Centre, London. This does not seem to be the broadcast version of this programme since some of the items introduced by the narrator are not included. The programme begins with the music of the kora, a plucked string instrument, which is played by the people living in the northern part of West Africa. This particular song is played by a Gambian man of the 'Amandingo' Mandinka people. His name is Diabatâe, and he is studying at Bristol University. Duerden speaks about the Islamic influences in West African music. He also introduces a song on the kora and bala [balafon / xylophone] played by Diabatâe and Banna Kanoute. Duerden then speaks about the Creoles of Freetown Sierra Leone. He summarises a story by Gaston Bart-Williams [?] of Sierra Leone. The programme includes music from the Ivory Coast taken from a Dogon funeral ceremony. After this the programme moves on to Ghana. Duerden speaks about the Ghanaian, William Abraham's book 'The Mind of Africa'. The narrator speaks about the Yoruba of Nigeria and introduces two interviews with Nigerians. Duerden introduces Chinua Achebe and his novel 'Things Fall Apart', this introduction is followed by an interview with the author conducted by Lewis Nkosi. There is also an interview with the novelist Cyprian Ekwensi about his book 'Jaguar Nana'. Duerden moves on to the East African countries of Uganda and Kenya. Joseph Kariuki of Kenya reads a poem called 'New Life'. The programme includes a song from Tanganyika. The programme moves on to South Africa, and Duerden talks about a number of South African artists, many were living in exile in England. There is a recording of the 'Manhattan Brothers'. The programme ends with a Yoruban chant sung by a West Indian Trinidadian man.