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Wassoulou

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Wassoulou is a popular Malian music genre named after the forest region of Wassoulou, located in southwestern Mali and southeastern Guinea. It is characterized by a robust repertoire of rhythms, dances and instruments, and a distinct vocal...

Salif Keita

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...One of the major voices in Mali’s music culture, Salif Keita is known as the “golden voice of Africa.” Born in Djoliba, Mali in 1949, Keita is a prince of the Keita royal family. He was born with albinism and subsequently ostracized by his...

Bajourou

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Bajourou is a genre of music found in the West African nation of Mali. Translated alternately as big string/big tune or mother string/mother tune, it occupies a unique space in Malian culture between tradition and modernity...

Zikiri

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The term zikiri is a phonetic alteration in the Bambara language of the Arabic word dhikr (invocation of the name of Allah), which refers to Islamic praise songs. The music genre zikiri was created in Mali in the early twenty-first century...

Jembe Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The jembe (variants: jenbe, dyembe, djembé) is a goblet-shaped drum originating from Mande-speaking societies of West Africa such as the Malinké (Maninka) and Ouassoulounké (Wasulunka), in northeastern Guinea and southern Mali...

Mande Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The music of the Mande provides an important link between Africa’s ancient empires and the modern era. The Mande hereditary musicians, the jeliw, are widely acknowledged as ‘living libraries,’ having preserved from generation to generation...

Jeliya

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Jeliya is the art of jelis, who are hereditary musicians, singers and oral historians from western Africa (Mali, Guinea, Senegambia and neighboring countries). Called griots by early French travelers to the region, jelis have developed one...
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...In Rolling Stone magazine, Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré is listed as number seventy-six on “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Similarly, he ranks number thirty-seven on Spin magazine's “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Known...
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...The kora player Toumani Diabaté took the traditional twenty-one-string harp from his native Mali and introduced it to the globe. Born in 1965, Diabaté and his family can trace seventy generations of kora players and, in 1970, his father...

Tuareg Guitar Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Tuareg (or Kel Tamasheq, ‘Speakers of Tamasheq’) are traditionally seminomadic people who inhabit the Sahara and Sahel desert regions of Niger, Mali, Algeria, Libya and Burkina Faso. A diasporic community of Tuareg exiles from Mali...