Cherif Keita’s Life in African Studies
Cherif Keita (French and Francophone Studies, Carleton College) reflects on his life as a scholar from Mali and on his documentary films about John Langalibalele Dube and Nokutela Dube, founding figures of the African National Congress of South Africa. The interview closes with a discussion of musician Salif Keita’s journey from social outcast (as an albino) in Mande society to icon of world music.
Dr. Keita’s growing up in Mali, university education in Belgium and US, and family background.
How Keita became interested in making films about the early history of social justice movements in South Africa.
Discussion about Keita’s films on John Dube, first president of the African National Congress (ANC), and Nokutela Dube.
Discussion of Malian musician Salif Keita’s journey from social outcast (as an albino) in Mande society to icon of world music.
Wrap-up and outro.