Kezzeme festival

Alternative commentary
The Kezzeme festival takes place at the end of the dry season each year (March). The Orisino divsion of the Acipu climb up Korisino (Karishen) mountain for a beating festival. Older boys and youths are beaten by younger boys holding spiked raffia palm branches, and the transition from beater to beaten is an important part of becoming a man. The beating is followed by individual war dances between veterans.


The commentaries below were provided by Mohammed Mallam. Markus Yabani has also provided a commentary.

Scenes from the beating

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Showing off afterwards!

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Veterans' war dances

Ɗanjuma Galadima, Damina Jayi and Mogobiri Katintun
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Musicians playing after the festival

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Full version

42 mins Subtitles

Alternative commentary

Mohammed Mallam 42 mins Subtitles