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Griots and Griottes: Masters of Words and Music (Paperback)
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Griots and Griottes: Masters of Words and Music (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 31/07/2007
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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.

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253219619
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 54 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Hale . . . provides here an encyclopedic introduction to and overview of this ubiquitous and important West African figure. . . . a valuable addition to the literature on both African societies and the African Diaspora. Upper-division undergraduates and above.October 1999 * Choice *
[Reveals] griots to be much more complex and multifaceted social agents than previously understood. * African Arts *
[Puts] the study of West African oral tradition on a higher level. * International Journal of African Historical Studies *
Thomas A. Hale's clearly written, informative work is a comprehensive historical and contemporary account of the griot phenomenon, which originated in West Africa. ...It is, in its entirety, of benefit to a variety of researchers from fields as diverse as history, music, anthropology and sociology, linguistics and literature.Volume 11.2 & 3, Spring 2010 * African Studies Quarterly *
[An] encyclopedic introduction to and overview of this ubiquitous and important West African figure . . . . [A] valuable addition to the literature on both African societies and the African Diaspora. * Choice *
Thomas A. Hale's clearly written, informative work is a comprehensive historical and contemporary account of the griot phenomenon, which originated in West Africa. ...It is, in its entirety, of benefit to a variety of researchers from fields as diverse as history, music, anthropology and sociology, linguistics and literature.Vol. 11.2-3 Spring 2010 -- Karen Ferreira-Meyers * University of Swaziland *
Hale's magnum opus is an invaluable reference for scholars in religious studies, history, music, anthropology, linguistics, and literature. * Religious Studies Review *

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