There is no movement without rhythm
August 12, 2018 7:24 AM   Subscribe

"Foli" is the word used for rhythm by the Malinke tribe in West Africa. But Foli is not only found in Malinke music, but in all parts of their daily lives. Directed by Thomas Roebers, this short film portrays the people of Baro, a small town in eastern-central Guinea, and gives you a glimpse inside their culture of rhythm.
posted by HuronBob (8 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oh wow. That was really interesting and so well done. The flour grinding and metal working were impressive feats of timing. Thanks for posting!
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 8:42 AM on August 12, 2018


Mesmerizing. Thank you.
posted by angiep at 9:40 AM on August 12, 2018 [1 favorite]


"Everything is rhythm."

Words to live by.
posted by kozad at 11:27 AM on August 12, 2018


That was beautiful. Thank you!

In the long, long term, I like to imagine that human culture will evolve to a form that enables us all to enjoy the kind of immediacy, physicality, artistry, community, and connection to nature that you see in this kind of traditional village life. Just without the tedium, deprivation, inequality, etc that tends to go along with actual low-tech village life. There's something about the intimate, human scale of it all that's tremendously appealing.
posted by Kilter at 3:28 PM on August 12, 2018 [2 favorites]


There is no movement without rhythm

Then how do we not attract the worm?
posted by Splunge at 4:22 PM on August 12, 2018 [5 favorites]


outstanding! thanks for posting!
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 7:55 PM on August 12, 2018


Just without the tedium, deprivation, inequality, etc that tends to go along with actual low-tech village life.

Note also how much of the heavy labor in the video is being done by children.

The flour grinding and metal working were impressive feats of timing.

A lot of that work has been replaced by machinery here, but having two or more people swinging hammers together is faster than one person, so you see it in old photos/videos (like of railroad construction) and it is still used once in a while (example, another).
posted by Dip Flash at 6:11 AM on August 13, 2018 [1 favorite]


in other words, the opposite of the grateful dead...
posted by judson at 7:56 AM on August 13, 2018


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