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Music from Africa


Mande Music : Traditional and Modern Music of the Maninka and Mandinka of Western Africa (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology) by Eric S. Charry

"With Mande Music, Eric Charry offers the most comprehensive source available on one of Africa's richest and most sophisticated music cultures. Using resources as disparate as early Arabic travel accounts, oral histories, and archival research as well as his own extensive studies in Mali, Guinea, Senegal, and the Gambia, Charry traces this music culture from its origins in the thirteenth-century Mali empire to the recording studios of Paris and New York. With its maps, illustrations, and musical transcriptions as well as an exhaustive bibliography, discography,and videography, this book is essential reading for those seeking an in-depth look at one of the most exciting, innovative, and deep-rooted phenomena on the world music scene. A cd is available separately. Editorial Review

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Griots and Griottes : Masters of Words and Music
by Thomas A. Hale

"Everything you always wanted to know about griots . . . Griots and Griottes brings together a great variety of information on these wordsmiths and musicians, from the 14th century to the present, from Bamako to New York City, from early travelers to West Africa to contemporary griots who perform all over the world. I have tried to write the book in a way that makes it accessible both to scholars and general readers who are interested in picking up where Roots left off." The author, Thomas A. Hale, tah@psu.edu , July 12, 1999

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