New DVD from Kungoni Centre in Mua, Malawi


Kasiya Maliro DVD - CopieNew DVD from Kungoni Centre in Mua, Malawi 
This documentary, produced by Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art, presents a collection of 160 Gule characters filmed by Claude Boucher Chisale over 25 years (1988 to 2012) in the central Malawian areas of Mua, Mtakataka, Kapiri and Golomoti.
It reveals Gule Wamkulu as the storehouse of Chewa culture, showing the richness, creativity and originality of the Great Dance, which is placed at the service of the Mwambo, the teaching of the ancestors.
The film offers first-hand experience of the tremendous variety of characters and seeks to understand their hidden messages. It comprises a selection of sequences taken from the 800 hours of filming that Boucher has completed during these last three decades.
The key to an in-depth understanding of the Gule characters is to be found in Boucher’s two recent publications: “When Animals Sing and Spirits Dance’ (Oxford 2012) and its accompanying website; www.kasiyamaliro.org.
The DVD introduces the author and illustrates the numerous contexts in which Gule Wamkulu is performed: rain ceremonies, initiation, chieftainship, eldership, spirit possession, funeral commemoration, institutional and village festivals and political and health development rallies. The 160 Gule characters selected for this production are then presented in alphabetical order.
The film offers a full visual experience of what has been described in the two publications mentioned above. It complements the publications and invites deeper immersion into Chewa culture.
@ Kungoni 2012. Running time: 121 minutes.

4 thoughts on “New DVD from Kungoni Centre in Mua, Malawi

  1. Rebecca Jeffery

    I would like to purchase a copy as soon as possible of the DVD – Kasiya Maliro. I have already purchased the book ‘When animasl Sing and Spirits Dance’. I am a Chewa from Nakhumba village, Malawi and am researching my Chewa heritage.

    1. Rebecca Jeffery

      Dear Rebecca, it is a great pleasure to know that you are searching for your heritage. Father Boucher will be delighted to hear from you. I am answering from Lusaka, Zambia. I suggest you to get in touch with Kungoni Center through the following e-mail address: admin@kungoni.org. I am sure that the DVD is available in England. Let me know when and how you can buy this remarkable DVD.

    2. Rebecca Jeffery

      Dear Rebecca, I went to Mua, Malawi, last week. They did not hear from you. If you don’t mind, I can send you a copy of the DVD by post if you give me you postal address. Or, I will stop over in London on the 24th May on my way back home to Canada. Waiting to hear from you. Webmaster Serge

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