Everything Is Rhythm

“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. As the Malinke man says, “Tous les choses, c’est du rythme.” (“Every­thing is rhythm.”) What makes this film even more beau­ti­ful is the fact that it was edit­ed so as to reflect Malinke rhythms.

By pro­fes­sion, Matthias Rasch­er teach­es Eng­lish and His­to­ry at a High School in north­ern Bavaria, Ger­many. In his free time he scours the web for good links and posts the best finds on Twit­ter.

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  • You just gave me my open­ing quote for my dis­ser­ta­tion. Or well, a quote that can go some­where. Amaz­ing. :D

  • You just gave me my open­ing quote for my dis­ser­ta­tion. Or well, a quote that can go some­where. Amaz­ing. :D

  • Awe­some movie thanks!

    May you’ll like the fol­low­ing movies i made, com­piled from footage from Kenya with tra­di­tion­al musi­cians and the com­pos­ing ses­sions of ger­man musi­cian Sven Kacirek at his home.

  • Cap­ti­vat­ing, provoca­tive and Inspir­ing. It made me imme­di­ate­ly want to write about some­thing anal­o­gous in the world of Tai Chi. So I scrib­bled some­thing http://www.teapotmonk.com. Thanks for this won­der­ful video

  • Stephen Forsythe says:

    This is awe­some. Can I get a down­load so I’m sure it will play to the kids in my class­room?

  • Joyce says:

    Do you have Real Play­er ? When the video starts just let the mouse hov­er over the upper right hand cor­ner of the video and a box will appear that says down­load this video. Real Play­er Down­loader will open and down­load the video. Then when it’s done under the title, let your mouse hov­er there and sev­er­al things will appear one being con­vert. Then Real Play­er Con­vert­er will open. Lat year at my school the techie peo­ple said to con­vert to WMV. Just watch where you save it so you know where to find it !! I save to My Doc­u­ments. Good Luck.
    Love this video and and can’t wait to use it. What an intro to rhythm and my African drum­ming unit !!!

  • Alan says:

    foli is the verb to play. Djem­be­fo­la means djem­be play­er. Fo = play an instru­ment. It also means to speak on or with an instru­ment.

  • Marianne says:

    This video took me “back home” to Mali where I lived for 2 years! What a beau­ti­ful por­tray­al of the cul­ture, the music, and the com­plex rhythms of that part of the world. Thank you to the cre­ators for mak­ing and post­ing this video!!

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