10 Oct First harvest in Konsankuy
Youssouf gave me a video of the first harvest in Konsankuy, Malli. He made it during his recent stay there (September / October 2021). He was born and raised there and his family still lives there for a large part. Now that the end of the rainy season is in sight, the first harvests can take place. Peanuts and Fonio (a type of cereal) are harvested here. During the harvest, music is often played by the village drummers. This supports a working rhythm and makes it go faster!
In 2012, I myself was in Konsankuy with a team of players to learn some more balafon rhythms. Then the onions were the first harvest in Konsankuy. Part of the harvest was used fresh and processed among the people of the village. The other half of the onions were then immediately crushed and dried for later use and for sale elsewhere. Apparently, there is something of a communal harvest because the onions were collected in mountains and laid out to dry in the sun together. All the women worked together.
With so many onions being mashed, there was of course a lot of crying, in the sense of shedding tears (without directly mourning). There was laughter, dancing and a lot of fun.
In the film we see some musicians from the village supporting the rhythm of the pounding with drum music on loungas/tamas, (or a kind of talking drums you could call them). Mama Keita (with glasses) has unfortunately passed away. He was a great and honoured singer among the Bwaba people. He also sang in the band Super Zamana, the family-band in which Youssouf still plays on occasions.
I was also sent a video that someone had found on the Internet. Here, hard (desert) soil for agriculture is broken up in order to be cultivated afterwards.