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The Story of Por Por

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From the Jazz Cosmopolitanism In Accra series
by Steven Feld and Nii Yemo Nunu
color, 60 min with 20 min of extras, 2013
in English, Ga
with English, French, Italian subtitles


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After electric horns arrived in West Africa, honk horns virtually disappeared. But a union of bus and truck drivers in the Accra township of La kept the por por horns and invented a jazzy honking music adding bells, drums, and voices. The La drivers only perform this Por Por at funerals of their fellow union transport workers. This film documents the origins and performance of this music and features the testimonies of twenty-five senior drivers and transport industry workers who are centrally involved in its history

M.V. Ladabi
(20 min, 2013) - The story of legendary La pioneer driver Ataa Anangbi Anangfio, presented through family photographs by his son, photographer Nii Yemo Nunu.

This DVD is a part of the Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra Series

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Other Films in the Jazz Cosmopolitanism In Accra series
Accra Trane Station
A Por Por Funeral for Ashirifie
J.C. Abbey, Ghana's Puppeteer

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