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Griots, a uniquely African profession, fulfill a variety of roles as genealogists, historians, spokespersons, diplomats, musicians, teachers, praise singers, and advisors. Telling the story of these remarkable wordsmiths and performers, Thomas A. Hale addresses the nature of their verbal and musical art, the role of female griots, or griottes, how griots and griottes fit into their societies, and what their future might be in Africa and the rest of the world.

About the Author

Thomas A. Hale is Liberal Arts Professor of African, French, and Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University. He is editor of The Epic of Askia Mohammed (IUP, 1996) and co-editor (with John William Johnson and Stephen Belcher) of Oral Epics from Africa (IUP, 1997).

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. A Job Description for Griots

2. The Origin of Griots

3. The Verbal Art of Griots

4. Music across the Griot World

5. The Making of a Griot

6. Would You Want Your Daughter to Marry One?

7. Griottes: Unrecognized Female Voices

8. From the Courtyards of the Nobility to a Global Audience

9. The Value of Words

10. New Millennium Griots

Appendices

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253219619
Author:
Hale, Thomas A.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Storytelling
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Africa; African Studies; Anthropology; Ethnomusicology; Music; Performance
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
African Expressive Cultures
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 bandw photos, 7 maps
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.23x6.33x1.23 in. 1.49 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » World Music
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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