Ballaké Sissoko, Kora Tales

© Marcelo Bueno


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Original title: Ballaké Sissoko, une histoire de Kora
Directed by Lucy Durán & Laurent Benhamou
Duration 52:36’ | French and Bamanankan with French and English subtitles

The story of the kora, one of Africa's most iconic and virtuosic instruments, is told here on film. Ballaké Sissoko, the award-winning musician from Mali, takes us on a unique journey in search of the origins and development of the 21-string harp, through legend, history, tradition, and innovation.

After studying biology, Laurent Benhamou gravitated quickly towards his twin-loves: sound and vision. In 2008 he created Crunk, his own audio-visual production company, with music and musicians being central to his themes.

Lucy Durán is a Professor of Music at SOAS, University of London. She specialises in the music of Mali and Cuba. Between 2000-2013, she presented the BBC Radio 3 weekly programme World Routes. Her research on Mande music of West Africa dates back to the late 1970s.

Directors Lucy Durán and Laurent Benhamou will be presenting the film and will be available for the Q&A after the screening.

Production Country, Year France, 2023
Produced by Oléo Films and Mad Minute Music
Producers Corinne Serres and Samuel Thiebaut
Executive Producer Marcelo Bueno
Director of Photography Laurent Benhamou
Sound Marie-Clotilde Chéry
Editor Rémi Crépeau