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Published on Sep 1, 2013
MESSAGES BY MUSIC -- Senegal in transition MESSAGES MUSICAUX -- Le Sénégal en transformation Documentary by Cornelia Strasser, 2013 76 min, colour, 16:9 MESSAGES BY MUSIC examines a society in transition towards modernity: Senegal. In this West-African country there is a tradition of transmitting messages through music. This is true for the featured traditional singers (griots) as well as their contemporary musical counterparts: Awadi, renowned rapper and Pan-Africanist, and R&B-singer Facoly. These younger artists embody the modern, or progressive, aspects of Senegal. Their worldviews challenge traditional conventions. They each express a dynamic vision of society whereas the three griots reflect a static society. Contrasting the griots with the modern musicians, the film provides an insight into contemporary Senegalese culture. Depicting Senegal's diversity with respect to ethnic backgrounds, languages, and religious beliefs, this documentary strives to understand one growing African nation, but has relevance to any shifting African society.