- Performer:Jali Kunda
- Title:Griots of West Africa
- Style:African Traditions
- Date of release:November 25, 1996
- Size FLAC version1418 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1350 megabytes
- Size WMA version1570 megabytes
- Formats:FLAC RA ASF DMF MP1 WAV
Only "Spring Waterfall" stands on its own as Phillip Glass' trademark repetitive piano figures achieve a hypnotic force almost equal to that of the West African jalis.
This album has an average beat per minute of BPM (slowest/fastest tempos:, BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Tracklist Jali Kunda: Griots Of West Africa & Beyond. BPM Profile Jali Kunda: Griots Of West Africa & Beyond. Album starts at BPM, ends at BPM (+0), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Foday Musa Suso. Music From the Hearts of the Masters.
The word may derive from the French transliteration "guiriot" of the Portuguese word "criado", or the masculine singular term for "servant". Griots form an endogamous caste, meaning that most of them only marry fellow griots and those who are not griots do not typically perform the same functions that griots perform. Francis Bebey writes about the griot in African Music, A People's Art
Griots are the musicians and storytellers, the ones who keep history alive in song and story. The art of the griot is something that's global, whatever name it goes by. People like Bill Laswell, Philip Glass, and Pharoah Sanders recognize that, which is why you'll find them contributing alongside real griots like Foday Musa Suso, founder of the groundbreaking Mandingo Griot Society, a band that worked to break down the barriers between world music and jazz. All of this makes Jali Kunda part travelogue, part entertainment, and part education.
Griots of West Africa : an introductory essay, by Robert Palmer - Jali kunda : a memoir, by Foday Musa Suso - Track notes - Griot/Djali : poetry, music, history, message, by Amiri Baraka - When the times change : new trends in kora music, by . Kwabena Nketia - Into Africa : an interview with Philip Glass - Ascension : Pharoah Sanders in Africa - Track list.
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