In Griot Time / Edition 1

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Overview

Djelimady Tounkara is only one of the memorable people you will meet in this dramatic narrative of life among the griot musicians of Mali. Born into families where music and the tradition of griot stroy-telling is a heritage and a privilege, Djelimady and his fellow griots—both men and women—live their lives at the intersection of ancient traditions and the modern entertainment industry. During the seven months he spent living and studying with Djelimady, Banning Eyre immersed himself in a world that will fascinate you as it did him.

Eyre creates a range of unforgettable portraits. Some of the people who stride through his pages are internationally known, musicians like Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, and Grammy winner Ali Farka Toure. But the lesser-known characters are equally fascinating: Adama Kouyate, Djelimady's dynamic wife; Moussa Kouyate, the Tounkara family's own griot; Yayi Kanoute, the flamboyant jelimuso (female griot) who failed to take America by storm; Foutanga Babani Sissoko, and the mysterious millionaire who rebuilt an entire town and whose patronage is much sought after by the griots of Bamako.

But the picture Eyre draws is not just a series of portraits. Out of their interactions comes a perceptive panorama of life in Mali in the late tewntieth centruy. The narrative gives us a street-level view of the transformation of musical taste and social customs, the impact of technology and the pressures of poverty, at a curcial time in Mali's history. In individual after individual, family after family, we see the subtle conflicts of heritage and change. Even the complications of democracy—with democracy, mango vendors think they can charge anything they want, Djelimady points out—are woven into an unforggettable saga of one man, his family, his profession, and the world of Malian music.

About the Author:

Banning Eyre writes about international music for the Boston Phoenix. He also comments and reports on music for NPR's All Things Considered and has been published in Billboard, Opption, Rhythm Music, The Beat, Guitar Player, and Folk Roots Magazine. He has traveled extensively in Africa and has produced many programs for the public radio series Afropop Worldwide. He is coauthor (with Sean Barlow) of Afropop! An Illustrated Guide to Contemporary African Music (Chartwell, 1995).

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Church
Eyre's account is gripping, partly because one wonders what will become of this vulnerably trusting narrator, and partly because it chronicles the fortunes of a family we're made to care about. His evocative prose gives us the look, feel, and smell of everything from suffocating noonday Bamako to the sleaziness of illegal dives, from the ritual dance that accompanies the handover of cash at a griot performance, to the orgy of sheep-sacrifice at the annual Tabaski festival.... As music history, In Griot Time is no less riveting. Eyre presents a community torn between its love affair with electronics, and its awareness of the beauty of acoustic instruments.
The Independent (London)
Bradley Bambarger
In Griot Time has the power to beguile even those who never heard a note of West African music, although the reading can't help but lead to listening.
Billboard Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566397599
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 944,981
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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