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Somono Bala of the Upper Niger: River people, Charismatic Bards, and Mischieveous Music in a West African Culture
     

Somono Bala of the Upper Niger: River people, Charismatic Bards, and Mischieveous Music in a West African Culture

by Daniel Harrington, Sekou Camara (Translator), David C. Conrad (Translator)
 

The Somono are an ethnic group specialized in fishing on the river Niger. Somono Bala is an epic story. This is the first ever translation of this narritive from the Maninka language into English.

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The Somono are an ethnic group specialized in fishing on the river Niger. Somono Bala is an epic story. This is the first ever translation of this narritive from the Maninka language into English.

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As a specialist in Western Sudan's oral traditions, Conrad (history, State U. of New York, Oswego) presents a bilingual version of a popular modern Mande tale translated by the author with the aid of a Mali-born assistant. This story of a magical fish expresses resistance to French colonial rule. Includes a map. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9789004121850
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/05/2001
Series:
African Sources for African History Series , #1
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.54(d)

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David Conrad holds a Ph.D. in African History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is Professor of History at the State University of New York, Oswego, and President of the Mande Studies Association. Specializing in oral tradition, indigenous religion and early kingdoms of the western sudan, he conducts research in Guinea and Mali. His books include two volumes of edited translations: A State of Intrigue and Epic Ancestors of the Sunjata Era, and he is co-editor of Status and Identity in West Africa.

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