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These videotapes and videodiscs of musics and dance of the world's peoples are available in the University of Oregon Knight Library's Video Collection. Note: The last substantial update to this page was in 2008. 


Atumpan, the talking drums of Ghana.
[Los Angeles, Calif: University of California, Los Angeles], c1964.
1 videocassette (43 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS
SUMMARY: Documentary about West African ceremonial drums. Explains the different uses for each drum and who may use them as well as showing how they are made. Also shown are some of the dances performed to the beat of the drums. Filmed and recorded by Mantle Hood.

Banquza Timbila.
NY: Icarus Films, 1982.
VHS, 30 min., color.
SUMMARY: The Chopi Timbila Orchestra of Banguza, Zavala, Mozambique celebrate and praise FRELIMO (Frente de Liberta paco de Mocambique) and the freedom struggle from Portugal with music, song and dance.

Bitter melons.
Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources, [1986]
1 videocassette (30 min.) (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Portrays the difficulty of survival in the central Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. A native musician, a member of a Bushman group called the /Gwi, performs songs about animals, the land, and the social life. Describes the life of the /Gwi, including traditional music, dances, children's games, and hunting, planting, and food preparation.

The Chopi timbila dance.
University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University, Audio-Visual Services ; c1980
1 videocassette (39 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in
CAST:Venancio Mbande and the Timbila of Wildebeesfontein Mine, Bophuthatswana
NOTES:An analytical film on the Chopi music of Mozambique--one of the big orchestral sounds of Africa. Shows three of the movements of the timbila dancers--there are usually 9 or 10 movements to a performance. The timbila are varying forms of xylophones.

Dagbamba praise name dances, stories and drummed language.
Crown Point, IN : White Cliffs Media Co., c1990.
1 videocassette (32 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.VHS format.
CAST: Abubakari Lunna, Ghanian master musician.
SUMMARY: Studio performances of West African "talking drum" music in a cross-cultural setting, featuring Abubakari Lunna with the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society.

Dances of Southern Africa.
University Park, Pa. : Media Sales, Pennsylvania State University, 1973
1 videocassette (55 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS
NOTES: Presents a general survey of the dances of southern Africa, including the stamping dances of the Nguni peoples, the Shona-Karanga, and the Ndau. Shows the dances seen in urban contexts and in the context of life in home countries

Discovering the music of Africa.
N. Hollywood, CA: Hollywood Select Video, 1987.
VHS, 22 min., color.
SUMMARY: Describes music and rhythms of Africa, especially Ghana, and how they are used both as music and means of communication. Demonstrates the complex rhythmical music of the bells, rattles and the drums; shows several traditional dances.

Drewal, Margaret Thompson.
Yoruba ritual : a companion video.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1992.
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS format.

Jali Nyama Suso: kora player of the Gambia.
Tivoli, NY: Original Music, 1992.,
VHS, 20 min., color.
SUMMARY: This performance of four songs from the Mandinka repertory was recorded while Suso was teaching kora at the University of Washington in 1971.

The JVC Smithsonian Folkways video anthology of music and dance of Africa.
[S.l.] : Victor Company of Japan ; distributed by Multicultural Media, c1996.
3 videocassettes (156 min.) sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + 3 guides. VHS format.
SUMMARY:This anthology looks at many of the folk music traditions in Africa.
v. 1. Egypt, Uganda, Senegal -- v. 2. The Gambia,Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria -- v. 3. Kenya, Malawi,Botswana, South Africa

Kemoko Sano teaches African dance : from the republic of Guinea.
Scarsdale, NY : Sano Videos ; Tivoli, NY : Original Music, Inc. [distributor], 1991-
videocassettes : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + guides. VHS format.
SUMMARY: Kemoko Sano and several of the dancers from Ballets Africains demonstrate ethnic dances from the republic of Guinea. Includes footage of an opening night at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre.

Konkombe: Nigerian music.
Newton, NJ: Shanachie Records, 1988.
VHS, 50min., color.
SUMMARY: Konkombe: the Nigerian pop music scene.

Kpegisu : a war drum of the Ewe ;
Featuring Godwin Agbeli with Victoria Wombie & David Locke.
Tempe, AZ : White Cliffs Media Co. ; [New York] : Distributed by Talman Co., [1990?]
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS.
SUMMARY:Features performances of instrumental and vocal excerpts of Kpegisu, keyed to musical examples from the book Kpegisu, prepared by David Locke.

Mbira music: the spirit of the people.
Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1992.
1 videocassette (VHS)(52 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: The mbira, a small musical instrument, presents songs used during the war of liberation and the chants used by today's farmers.

Music of the Mande.
Tivoli, NY: Original Music, 1992.
VHS, color.
SUMMARY: Part 1 :Music for the warriors, hunters, and ordinary people. Part 2. Professional music: Mandinka jaliyaa with the kora.

Nightsong : performance, power, and practice in South Africa.
[Chicago] : University of Chicago, c1996
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in VHS format
NOTES:Performances of Isicathamiya, a tradition of competitive song and dance, formerly known as ingoma ebusuku; performed by male a cappella choirs of black, Zulu-speaking migrants. Supplements the book with the same title.[MUSIC ML3760 .E76 1996]

Olatunji and his Drums of Passion.
New York: Video Artists International, 1985, 1986.
51 min., color.
SUMMARY: Concert footage from a New Year's Eve 1985 performance at the Oakland Coliseum of Yoruba drummer, Babtunde Olatunji.

A Performance of Kpegisu by the Wodome-Akatsi Kpegisu Habobo.
Tempe, AZ : White Cliffs Media Company, c1990.
1 videocassette (59 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS
NOTES:Filmed on location in Ghana by Godwin Agbeli, Dec. 16, 1989.
SUMMARY: "Kpegisu is a type of traditional music and dance of the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo (West Africa). At least several hundred years old, this heritage is vibrantly maintained by a performing group in Wodome, a village near the town of Akatsi in Southeastern Ghana."

The Rhythm of Resistance: the Black music of South Africa.
Newton, NJ: Shanachie Records, 1988.
VHS color.
PERFORMERS:Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Malombo, Johnny Clegg/Sipho Mchuner of Julaka, The Mohatella Queens, Abafana Baseqhudeni.
SUMMARY: Takes you across the forbidden boundaries of apartheid to experience the authentic joy and sorrow of Black South African music. Features music that has been ignored, suppressed or ghettoized, some filmed clandestinely.

La Vie est belle.
San Francisco, CA. : California Newsreel, c1987.
1 videcassette (82 min., 55 sec.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS.Wide screen format.
NOTES: In French with English subtitles.
CAST:Papa Wemba, Bibi Krubwa.
SUMMARY:Tells the rags to riches story of a poor rural musician who realizes that to succeed in today's music world he must go to the city and break into radio and television. Stars PapaWemba, one of the legendary figures of Zairian music.

Yoruba ritual : a companion video
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1992.
1 videocassette (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS format.
NOTES:Accompanies book: Yoruba ritual : performers, play, agency by Margaret Thompson Drewal [KNIGHT DT515.45.Y67 D75 1991]

[For other videos on African-derived music, also see: North America/United States and South America/Caribbean ]

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