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Summary: Sept Soirees was a series of battery-powered "evenings" in the Marche N' Gellaw, a suburban market in Dakar, Senegal. These evenings were conceived in a situation where there is scarce time, space or other resources for communal activity at a certain scale. Also because of the peculiar condition of cinemas in Dakar: there are only two still functioning.
These "micro-cinema" and "micro-radio" events are performed by showing up at a street corner with some equipment, and negotiating the rest.
Sept Soiress took place during a residency at Ker-Thiosanne during AfroPixel 08, part of the Dakar Off-Bienalle.
Sept Soirees Au Marche N'Gellaw.
Rendez vous with president and some people from the market.
They are micro media projects: micro radio, micro tele, micro cinema... and we want to do seven in the market.
We will use a battery so we won't consume electricity. The battery will be charged through the clay.
If that is the case, do not have fear. Bring the battery and charge it here.
Or if you want to leave the battery elsewhere, then bring the wire inside. Whatever suits you best.
It is necessary that you go and speak to the women because you want to begin on the eighth.
Yes we will speak to the women when they are there. If not also you can speak to them on our behalf.
Rendez vous with some women from the market: We would like to be more diverse on the field of cultural program.
We wanted to see what the women thought because the idea is to initiate this..
8 May 2008, Soiree # 1
The money order, oh the money order!
We will receive our money order, there will be a feast night and day.
He has no time on his hands because of the money order.
Ok. When he comes, tell him to pass by and see me. I am waiting for him.
I am warning you that I have to go back with my money tomorrow.
God willing, you will have your money and you will return tomorrow whatever the case.
9 May 2008, Soiree # 2
Seven evenigs in N'Gellaw Market.
Date/Lane/Event/Featuring/Electricity and Recharge by....
You can choose to put music.
You can speak about your impressions on your work, your market and the life here.
The problems which you encounter... all that you think of in life.
We would like to speak about it with you and our pardon to those who we may be bothering.
It is not our intention, we are there to please you and accompany you.
I come to announce the beginning from the canteen of Dop and brothers in Nguelaw 1 Markets.
Nguelaw 1 Market ... today you have a special radio station!
Give us your impression in this emission of Radio Marche Nguelaw 1.103 FM.
Sulam Alekum. Madam, what is your name? Thereze.
Thereze I have found you in the workshop, do you haev something sewn here?
Yes, he is my tailor. I'm having a dress stitched here.
If he had done something bad I wouldn't have ever come back.
There are many things that are rare in Dakar- but I'm not a tailor!
He makes only good work.
He is nice, respects people, and since then we live only in peace with him.
Amen, Abdoul Aziz, I think that whoever has heard these testimonies knows there is nothing more to say.
Because for thirty years there these women have crossed districts to come here to make clothes.
So, we will ask the technician to play a Toussou Ndour song and we dedicate it to Abdoul Aziz.
And to all those who are here. The radio belongs to you. Thank you very much!
Marche Nguelaw 103 FM!
I thank the inhabitants of Bata street.
I thank also the Indians and all the young people who are in the market.
What I can say is that the work is very hard.
You sell from the morning to the evening but you hardly earn anything.
But we thank Allah. We thank everyone.
Best quality! All those who work at the Nguelaw market with whom we share happiness as well as misfortunes
10 May 2008 XExew # 3Radio March N Gellaw 103 FM.
Shaina: You want to synchronize them?
DJ Amala: (Speaks in Swahili)
We are a band. WE play drama and the African dance Djembe.
And we are APCAH. An Association for the promotions of cultures- African and Hindou (Indian).
12 May 2008.
I'm asking you to applaud for your guest, Baba Diop!
Salam Alekun, Baba!
My greetings to everyone. Children, you remind me of my childhood.
After dinner, my grandfather would gather us to tell us stories.
But you, you have the screen.
If Djbril Diop Mambety were here today, he would be very happy because he loved children much.
When the children asked him what cinema was, he asked them to close their eyes.
Close your eyes like this.
And to stir up with the hands, rub rub rub...
And when you open the eyes... what you see... that is cinema !
In this film, Djbril Diop Mambety whats to show us that it is not because one is handicapped that one has to go ask for alms.
We will show you the story of a handicapped little girl who sold newspapers.
You take her as an example.
After the film we will speak about your impressions.
That material you see here is fed by batteries.
Those who want to give us a support, let him or her come and tell us.
So that we can charge the battery at their place because it is the battery which feeds all.
Thanks to you Ousmane Cisse, Omar Diop and Moussa Cisse. We thank you all very much.
Senegalese women like Indian films.
If we play an Indian film, all the women of the district will come.
Choosing an Indian movie from Malick Diops collection.
15 May 2008.
Soiree # 6
Ashok: Tell us about specific ideas about sound programs...
That makes it possible to discover the friendly relations between India and Senegal.
It is a good educating initiative and would also permit students to know about life in India.
At the same time also to show them the difficulties which we face in Senegal.
We really want India fans to organize classes in Hindi language.
That will be very beneficial.
And I would like Indian movie fans living in Senegal like myself to be supported.
Now we let you see the program and the activities which took place in the market.
That one you see is Shaina, she is from India.
The one who is with her is her husband Ashok.
This one is Abdou the decorator.
In this project we can see Makhouradja Gueye. May his soul rest in peace.
This movie is called 'The money order'.