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Grande exposition à la British library "West Africa : Word, Symbol, Song" (jusqu’au 16 février 2016)

Le 2 novembre 2015 à 13h08

Exposition "West Africa : Word, Symbol, Song"
British Library, Open until Tue 16 Feb 2016

The British Library’s major autumn exhibition is now open.
‘West Africa : Word, Symbol, Song’ is an exhibition of literature and music – from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today.

Fascinating stories from the region’s 17 nations show how West Africans have harnessed the power of words to build societies, drive political movements, sustain religious belief and fight injustice. Beautiful manuscripts, historic film and sound recordings, books, photographs, and colourful textiles offer a unique insight into a profound and engaging literary culture with centuries-old written heritage existing alongside ancient oral traditions.

Hear the myth of the founding of ancient Mali in recorded performance. See the influence of religion through colourful fabric and the saddlebag Qur’an. Celebrate writers and artists including Africa’s first Nobel Prize winner, Wole Soyinka, and internationally acclaimed musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti.

For more information see

Tickets £10. Concessions include a special group price of £5 per person for groups of 6 or more. Students £5.

West Africa exhibition book (Catalogue d’exposition)

See the curator’s blog for more on the thinking behind the exhibition :

More information is on the BL’s West Africa web pages :

The exhibition is accompanied by a major series of talks, events and performances. See

Merci à Charles Becker pour le signalement de cette passionnante exposition. Information diffusée sur H-Net : par Marion Wallace