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Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté dies in Paris 5

Apr19

The world of cinema and theatre cries after the Malian-Burkinabé actor Sotigui Kouyaté’ died in Paris last Saturday. He was 74 and affected by a prolonged pulmonary illness. Born in Bamako, Mali, in 1936, Sotigui Kouyaté was considered a genius of African culture, which he has always defended.

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The video in an extract from the movie “Little Senegal”, where Sotigui Kouyaté plays the part of man who works at a museum in Senegal, devoted to documenting the history of slave trade in Africa. Through his historical research he discovers he has several relatives living in the US. He finally decides to leave for America to visit his family, a trip that will lead him in Harlem, New York City.

The actor started his career as “griot”, a storyteller in the Malian culture, but at the end of the 1950s he became a soccer player and captain of the Burkina Faso national team. After meeting the theatre director Peter Brook, in 1983 he started the global tournée as actor in the Brook’s play Mahabharata, while in 2009 he won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his performance in the film “London River”.

By Joshua Massarenti – Afronline.org

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  1. bob winmill says:

    i saw him recently in the film London River and thought his performance amazing. truly dignified and a fine actor. he really played the part well.

  2. cheryl says:

    I saw the film London River last night

    he was really good

    looked him up on imdb, was sorry to see he passed.

  3. Nancy Bourguignon says:

    I have just discovered this wonderful man, Mr Kouyaté, in London River and am already saddened by his passing.

  4. Rosslyn Picton says:

    I, like a lot of the other commenters also just saw Mr. Kouyate in the film “London River”. I am a fan of Brenda Blethyn and took the film out of my local library. I was so moved by both actors and found Mr. Kouyate’s performance to be beautiful, subtle and deeply moving. I almost felt as if I was watching a documentary as he was so natural. I, too had no idea of his passing. I am pleased that I discovered this intelligent, and very interesting man.

  5. London River aired on BBC 2 Sunday.

    He was brilliant.

    RIP

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