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August 21, 2021 at 1:27 AM #7516SUCULTUREAdmin,
Charting the music from medieval 12/13th century sub-saharan Africa to the America’s, and to Europe.
A number of instruments played a central-role in the social, ceremonial (recitations, incantations, storytelling, and historical archiving) and political lives of the Mande/Mandika people of the Malian Empire - spanning the geographical location of today's Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Ivory Coast, parts of Ghana and Northern Nigeria, and beyond.
First, the 'Kora', a 700-year-old 21-stringed signature instrument of medieval times, with a unique traditional style, bearing the resemblance of a harp, guitar, the flamenco or Delta blues - utilising the (griot/trained) technique of plucking polyrhythmic patterns on the strings, with both hands. Second, a one-string traditional guitar called the 'njarka' or 'njurkel'. And thirdly, a stringed instrument called the 'ngoni'. Attached to this age-old tradition of music, filters influences in the origin of blues, and its influence on rock & roll.
This music style can be seen in Rosetta Tharpe, Kante Facelli, the Buena Vista Social Club, Jimmy Hendrix, Youssou N’Dour, Ali Farka Touré, Tinariwen, British classic rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, and onwards.
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