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Michael ChurchEyre'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)