In Griot Time
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In Griot Time

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In 1995, Banning Eyre went to Bamako, the capital of Mali to study guitar playing with Djelimady Tounkara, a former star of the Super Rail Band. This title presents an account of Eyre's trip - an insider-view into African music. It reveals the triumphs and failures of the African music scene.
Paperback, 267 pages
Published February 14th 2002 by Serpent's Tail (first published April 24th 2000)
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Wes Freeman
Unpretentious memoir of white American journalist/guitarist's 7-month stay in Mali. Author tells it straight, has deep regard for Malian music, but doesn't let that overwhelm the narrative. Still, book is a juicy meal for African music geeks, not the least because it's half a gossip rag on a griot family from the suburbs of Bamako. Turns out that's the way you want to read about Africa, as its literary reputation for otherness proceeds it and a metric shit-ton of books like this have the author'...more
Darren Hemmings
It was only a couple of years ago that I got switched on to the music of Mali, via Ali Farka Toure in particular. When listening to it I always feel like I'm there; it just evokes such warmth and soul. This book manages exactly the same thing, drawing you into the world of Mali musicians and their culture. Naturally as someone who plays guitar I was fascinated by Eyre's descriptions of the Malian guitar style, as taught to him by his mentor and host (and Super Rail Band legend) Djelimady Tounkar...more
Aaron Kohn
Great view into the status of Griot culture. Don't expect much music theory or critique . . . this is an ethnography.
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