Keita! Voice of the Griot

  • Keïta ! l'héritage du griot
Genre : Historical
Type : Fiction
Original title : Keïta: The Heritage of the Griot
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1995
Format : Feature
Running time : 94 (in minutes)

Dani Kouyate mourns the passing of the authentic griot, the storyteller who was once the African custodian of cultural wisdom and information, counselor of kings, genealogist, historian, musician, artist - Belen Tigui (Keeper of the Word) of any community. In Keita, he tells the story of Djeliba Kouyate, an old griot who charged in the twilight of his life to recount to young Mabo Keita the origin of his name, a name that carries with it an epic saga of the founder of the Madingo Empire.

Directed by Dani Kouyaté and starring his father, Keïta unites the present day with the 13th century by telling the story of Mabo and his ancestor, Sundjata, as they both seek the true meaning of their names.

KEITA: THE HERITAGE OF THE GRIOT (1995, Burkina Faso, 94 min.), directed by Dani Kouyaté, In French & Jula with English subtitles

screenplay by Dani Kouyaté,
cinematography by Robert Millié,
music by Sotigui Kouyaté;
produced by Claude Gilaizeau and S. Pierre Yaméogo

Sotigui Kouyaté, Hamed Kicko, Seydou Boro, Abdoulaye Koumboudri, Mamadou Sarr, Clair Sanon, Blandine Yaméogo, Awa Sow, Souleymane Koulibaly, Maghan Kouyaté, Seriman Sidibé, Adama Kouyaté.

In Jula, Bambara, and French, with English subtitles.


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  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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