This book is really good. Not so much musical djembe material, but in terms of cultural details that it's the best I've seen.
It's a great book, highly recommended.johnc wrote:Mande Music: Traditional and Modern Music of the Maninka and Mandinka of Western Africa (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology) [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)
anybody read this?
That Adama Drame bio is just what you're looking for... an auto-biography, written by a griot and djembefola. Yes, it's in French. But it's a great read if you understand French. He's got a lot of great stories to tell, and a lot of insight into what it means to be jeli. It seems that the role of the jeli is often misunderstood by us toubabs. And with globalization, opportunities for jeliya in modern, urban African culture are dwindling, so they have to work more aggressively to make ends meet. Things have changed a lot for jeli over the past 20 or 30 years. Very interesting perspective.Paul wrote:Any books out there written by griots or Djembefolas, or their Biographies.
Heard Adama Drame has a book about him, but only came across it in French.
i think that's more applicable to Guinea and probably Mali too.Afoba wrote:hello bops,
in my opinion a dyeli is never a dyenbe or dundun player and a dyenbe or dundun player never a dyeli. so how about Adama, was his father or mother a dyeli? did he work as one (don't think so)?
Afoba wrote:The first one is a good point, Josh. But Adama went to Burkina only 8 years ago and spent (my information) all his life in Côte d'Ivoire. Same there?
The family living in your town is no good example. They might even write "Africa" on basketballs and sell them, if people bought such stuff. Would be no explanation for african lifestyle. Not everyone who is a drummer or whatever in western countries counts as a drummer "there".
Still you are right: Burkina is a special case, for there is no djembé tradition in this country (only a new ballet tradition). So it's probably often players of other instruments (such as dyelis) who start to play djembé to make the white guests and the french/german ty channel "arte" happy (sorry for being a bit provocative, but that's it en gros).