Film Screening & Conversation: "J.C. Abbey, Ghana's Puppeteer" by Steven Feld

  • Starts: 5:30 pm on Thursday, March 17, 2016
  • Ends: 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 17, 2016
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. Free admission and open to the public. Conversation follows with director Steven Feld (filmmaker, musician, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Music, University of New Mexico) Co-sponsored by Karbank Fund for World Music | College of Communication: Cinema and Media Studies | College of Arts and Sciences: African Studies Center | Boston University College of Fine Arts College of Arts and Sciences: Department of Anthropology | School of Music: Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology | BU Arts Initiative, Office of the Provost