Saturday, December 08, 2007

Gidan Iko: House of Power

Em, so, I'm in the midst of studying for prelims.... and preparing for a film paper...

One of these days, I'm going to write a paper on the genre of the Hausa film trailer (and perhaps its use on YouTube), which becomes in itself a mini-film, woven together by the chorus of one of the film's catchiest songs and dances. Note here framing and composition (especially in that opening shot), use of colour, the rhythmic graphic matching in the editing. Through the use of the song to weave together significant moments of the film, we see a concern with the power structures of the nation, alongside the crowd pleasing rhymes about love.

And to make this relevant to my prelims studying, note the magnificent examples of linguistic code switching. I love being a scholar of popular culture! {-;

And to link this to my other research, here is a very bad video I took on my digital camera in Kano last year in an open-air theatre of Abbas Sadiq and Zainab Idris (the dancers seen in the video here) dancing to the playback version of this song "Gidan Iko." (I have heard that this open air theatre may have since been destroyed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTqD6GQx0q0
Apparently the lyrics of this song are by Adam Zango (Usher), the artist and musician currently imprisoned for trying to market his music video "BaHaushiya", that had not been censored, during the film ban in Kano. (According to his critics, he was defaming Hausa women by calling a song where a woman dances provocatively "BaHaushiya" (Hausa woman).

4 comments:

readership.. said...

would love to read your take on that when the work is done...

readership.. said...

would love to read your take on that when the work is done..

Talatu-Carmen said...

thanks, readership! Glad to have your support!

jinni said...

Talatu,i love reading ur post and it was unfortunate that i did not get to meet u when u came to Kano.Am a director and I have worked with different actors in hausa film including Abbas and Zainab(i shot the albashi music videos).My name is Godfrey Saeed Selbar and am from Jos.I once knew a Danny McCain(who we used to jam guitar together with in Hillcrest),and a prof.McCain in University of Jos,are u related?.my email is saeedselbar@yahoo.com