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African Story Tellers

Youssou N'Dour & Sotigui Kouyate: African Storytellers is a very special 2 DVD set presenting a collection of films featuring these two internationally renowned griots.

A griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition, and is also often seen as something of a societal leader due to his traditional position as an adviser to royal personages.

Both Youssou N'Dour and Sotigui Kouyate are griots who have devoted their lives to telling the stories of Africa to the world.

RETURN TO GOREE Film and Concert

A musical road movie, Return to Goree follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they invented. Youssou N’Dour's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Goree, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims. With Youssou N'Dour, Moncef Genoud, Joseph Ndiaye, Idris Muhammad, and Amiri Baraka among others.

DVD includes filmed final concert on the Goree Island.

RETURN TO GOREE / CONCERT, Pierre Yves Borgeaud, Senegal/Switzerland/Luxembourg, 2006, 108 min. / 52min. In English and French with English subtitles.

Sotigui Kouyate


In NAMES LIVE NOWHERE (Les Noms N'Habitent Nulle Part) - whose title is a Senegalese proverb - a griot (story teller) traveling from Dakar to Brussels weaves a tale about African expatriates and offers a candid look at the life of African immigrants in Belgium. With Sotigui Kouyate - a real life griot - as the story teller.

SOTIGUI KOUYATE, A MODERN GRIOT dresses the portrait of one of Africa's greatest actor (1936-2010). From Africa to Europe, the film unveils the multiple facets of Sotigui Kouyate, actor, musician and modern griot.

NAMES LIVE NOWHERE / A MODERN GRIOT, Dominique Loreau / Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Belgium/ France, 1994 / 1996, 76min / 58min. In French with English subtitles.


DVD Sale: $395