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Griots and Griottes: Masters of Words and Music (African Expressive Cultures) Paperback – 31 Jul 2007


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; 1st Pap. Ed edition (31 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253219612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253219619
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,731,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hale . . . provides here an encyclopedic introduction to and overview of this ubiquitous and important West African figure. . . . a valuable addition to the literature on both African societies and the African Diaspora. Upper-division undergraduates and above.October 1999 Source: Choice

[Reveals] griots to be much more complex and multifaceted social agents than previously understood. Source: African Arts

[Puts] the study of West African oral tradition on a higher level. Source: International Journal of African Historical Studies

Thomas A. Hale's clearly written, informative work is a comprehensive historical and contemporary account of the griot phenomenon, which originated in West Africa. ...It is, in its entirety, of benefit to a variety of researchers from fields as diverse as history, music, anthropology and sociology, linguistics and literature.Volume 11.2 & 3, Spring 2010 Source: African Studies Quarterly

[An] encyclopedic introduction to and overview of this ubiquitous and important West African figure . . . . [A] valuable addition to the literature on both African societies and the African Diaspora. Source: Choice

Thomas A. Hale's clearly written, informative work is a comprehensive historical and contemporary account of the griot phenomenon, which originated in West Africa. ...It is, in its entirety, of benefit to a variety of researchers from fields as diverse as history, music, anthropology and sociology, linguistics and literature.Vol. 11.2-3 Spring 2010 Author: Karen Ferreira-Meyers Source: University of Swaziland

Hale's magnum opus is an invaluable reference for scholars in religious studies, history, music, anthropology, linguistics, and literature. Source: Religious Studies Review

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Alex Haley's "Roots" introduced griots to the world outside of West Africa and generated an enormous amount of interest in their profession. "Griots and Griottes" is the first comprehensive portrait of the world of this uniquely African profession, starting with their discovery by the outside world in 1352 by a North African traveller, Ibn Battuta, to the present. Griots in their multiple roles and functions are unique to Africa. They play many roles in society - genealogist, historian, spokesperson, diplomat, musician, teacher, warrior, praise singer, master of ceremonies, and advisor. "Griots and Griottes", based on over thirty years of research and travel in Africa, tells the story of these remarkable wordsmiths and performers addressing the nature of their verbal and musical art, the role of female griots, or griottes, how griots and griottes fit into their societies, and what their future might be in Africa and the rest of the world.

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