23 Oct The Story of Por Por
Steven Feld (Anthropology and Music, University of New Mexico)
(dir. Nii Yemo Nunu & Steven Feld, 2013)
Wednesday, October 23 / 8:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020
Drawing on their work with Accra’s La Drivers Union, Nunu & Feld’s film chronicles Ghana’s intertwined histories of colonial-era lorry driving and the invention of Por Por, a music for squeeze-bulb truck horns played uniquely for union driver funerals. A documentary radio version of the film and book, commissioned by RadioAtelje, will be broadcast on YLE Finland in Fall 2013. Nii Yemo Nunu is a photographer, archivist, and oral historian in La, Accra, Ghana. Steven Feld is a musician, filmmaker, and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Music at University of New Mexico.
Nunu & Feld’s previous work together includes the film A Por Por Funeral for Ashirifie, recipient of the Prix Bartók at the Paris International Festival Jean Rouch in 2010. They also produced the CD Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana, for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in 2007 as a US 50th Independence Anniversary gift to Ghana.
Sponsored by the Education Abroad Program, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music, the Program in Ethnomusicology, and the IHC’s African Studies RFG.