J.C. Abbey: Ghana’s Puppeteer

Film Screening and Conversation

J.C. Abbey: Ghana’s Puppeteer, the latest ethnographic film by filmmaker, musician, anthropologist, and MacArthur fellow Stven Feld will be screened on March 17th, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.

J.C. Abbey documents an exceptional 50-year artistic career, from Accra’s streets to Ghana’s villages to international TV. In 15 delightful puppet shows, Mr. Abbey is joined by musicians Nii Noi Nortey and Nii Otoo Annan and filmmakers Nii Yemo Nunu and Steven Feld to chronicle Ghana’s music since independence in 1957. The marionettes perform ethnic songs, dances, and stories, but equally the sounds of highlife, Afro-jazz, Afro-rock, reggae, and contemporary hiplife. Through the pleasures of performance, the film reveals the cosmopolitan politics that intertwine ethnic, traditional, national, and global musical styles in Ghana today.

Thursday, March 17th, 5:30- 7:30pm
Boston University College of Communication
Screening Room, B05
640 Commonwealth Avenue


Sponsored by:

Karbank Fund for World Music

Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology, School of Music (CFA)

Cinema & Media Studies (COM)

African Studies Center (CAS)

Department of Anthropology (CAS)

BU Arts Initiative, Office of the Provost  bu.edu/arts


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