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For those of you who may be interested, please consider registering and attending a special virtual conversation tomorrow, Friday, November 20th, at 7pm about Memórias Afro-Atlânticas/Afro-Atlantic Legacies - a documentary film that showcases the Brazilian recordings of African American linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner, and the efforts of ethnomusicologist Xavier Vatin to share those recordings with the descendants of the performers and with those whose cultural heritage he recorded. The conversation will include ethnomusicologists Xavier Vatin, Cassio Nobre, Solimar Otero, and the director of the film, Gabiela Barreto.
Turner is best known for his Gullah recordings made in the 1930s, which were added to the National Recording Registry in 2004. The original 329 aluminum disc recordings he made in Brazil in 1941 are held at the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University. Recorded in the states of Bahia, Rio Grande do Sul, Sergipe and Mato Grosso, these recordings contain stories, speeches, and songs in Portuguese and Yoruba; and they are highly important to the history of Brazilian culture as they contain unique recordings of key figures in the traditions of Capoeira and Candomblé. The collection contains the first recordings of Manuel dos Reis Machado, known as "Master Bimba", as he was the founder of Brazil's first official capoeira school, Capoeira Regional. Maria Escolástica da Conceição Nazaré Assunção, known as Mother Menininha, is another central figure in Turner's recordings. She made enormous contributions to the legal recognition of the Candomblé in Bahia and played a vital leadership role in her community. The collection also contains the only known recordings of Mário de Andrade, the father of Brazilian modernism.
Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study's Fall 2020 Branigin Lecture, this event is hosted virtually by IU Cinema, and co-sponsored by the Archives of Traditional Music; Black Film Center/Archive; Center for Documentary Research and Practice; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society; Center for the Study of Global Change; IU Arts & Humanities Council; and IU Libraries; and the Departments of African Studies; Anthropology; Folklore and Ethnomusicology; and Religious Studies.
Open to the public, you can register now for the event and gain access to view the documentary at no charge before tomorrow evening's event. Learn more and register:
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Librarian, Archives of Traditional Music
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