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...The musical duo of Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia broke out of the music scene in their native Mali to dominate contemporary world music. The pair met in 1975 at the Bamako Institute for the Young Blind, where they were both members...

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...

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...

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...
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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

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...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...

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...

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...