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Yoruba Movies,niche Products?

Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIE REVIEWS' started by vince, Apr 23, 2004.

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  1. vince

    vince Well-Known Member

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    Are the yoruba speaking people the only ones watching yoruba movies?
    From all indications,it seems so.
    What do y'all think should be done to broaden the viewer base?A better subtitling perhaps?
     
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    Gen Sani Abacha SUPREME DICTATOR

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    Vincie boy, mein ubermoderator ;)
    I feel there is a need for better and more imaginative storylines, more expansive themes/subject matter, better sound and camera works, and also theme music. Yoruba home movies should be used to showcase the beauty and historical depth of the culture, as well as the contemporary edge. Historical places/monuments like the 800 yr old 1 square mile area palace of Owo in Ondo state, Erin-Ijesa falls in Osun state and Owu falls in Kwara state should be used as backdrops or part of the scenenary. Mood and theme musics should be sourced from folkloric, traditional and contemporary Yoruba artistes. There should also be more outside scenes, showcasing the beauty of the landscape.

    Just my 2 kobo man.

    ciao
     
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    All these suggestions sound terrific,el general,but will they expand the fan base to the level of the english speaking genre.
    Most people who don't speak yoruba have absolutely no clue about yoruba stars.Who knows Opeyemi aiyeola or Shade Omoniyi or Yomi Fash Lanso in other parts of africa?No one who does not speak and understands the language.
    When africans from other parts of the continent talk about naija movies and stars,they refer only to the english ones,that is why i think more should be done to make yoruba movies a lot more accessable to wider audience across africa who are also non yoruba speakers.That is why i said that a much better subtitling is absolutely crucial to achieve this.
    Yoruba movies have so much more to offer and it is a shame that only yoruba speaking people get to enjoy them.
     
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    Gen Sani Abacha SUPREME DICTATOR

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    Yeah, I am actually with you on the subtitles aspect. In general though, the English speaking movies will represent Naija as federal character. The Yoruba, Hausa etc language movies represent the regional industries. A similar situation occurs in India. Bollywood is actually the Hindi language Indian film industry. The Tamil, Telugu, Malayalee and Karnataka language film indstries of southern India are actually thriving. They have their own stars etc, but hardly anybody knows them outside southern India, nevertheless that industry is still live and kicking. I actually think some non-Yoruba people might find the Yoruba films a bit too "local" for their tastes.
     
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    Good points guys.
     
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    The other efforts being made to make yoruba movies more universally accepted is thefeaturing of non yoruba actors like Emeka Ike,Tony Umez,who are better known among non yoruba audience.
     
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    TK has also subtitled in French. I believe he is working on the carribean languages too since many of them trace their roots to yoruba land.
     
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    wetin good about the points now? Yoruba Yoruba Yoruba na only this lang dey Nigeria? Make una no turn here to be Owanbe jare. o ga oooo :roll
     
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    Look who is talking? You wey your yoruba pass ya Igbo. :)
     
  10. vince

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    I thought this particular forum is called "Yoruba movie" forum,abi?
     
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    I have lots of American friends that prefer Yoruba movies to the english ones.
    They prefer the concepts and they like to hear the language.
     
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    That may be so,but it still does not change that fact that yoruba movies only serves a niche market.
    The dramaturgical superiority to the english one are not in doubt,but the language is a barrier.
    For example,very little fans outside the yoruba speaking ones,know actors/actresses in this genre.Mention the name YOMI FASH LANSO to a kenyan for example,and he/she will go,WHO??
     
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