Robert W. Templeman

WMI_8

The Mande of West Africa

Music of the Mandinka: a West African people

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Name four key ideas for our study of the Mandinka

  1. the role of professional musician in society;

  2. the role of music in politics;

  3. instruments of professional men and women musicians;

  4. form, style, values and aesthetics

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Name three historical empires and one kingdom

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In terms of current nation-states, what county or countries comprise the geographical area of the former Mali Empire? (map)

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How did music serve the Mali Empire? How does it serve people of the Western Sudan?

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To what do the terms jali, jali muso, and ne refer?

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What is the social role of the jali?

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What was the role of the jali in battle?

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How would you characterize west African society (e.g., by a class system? by a caste system?)

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horon

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nyamamankala

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djon

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What are horon and where do professional musicians fit into this system?

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What is meant by ritual impurity and "spraying" and jaliya?

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What instruments do jali (men) and jali muso (women) play?

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What are kora, ne, balofon (balafon), and kontingo (halam)?

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How would you characterize and classify (Sachs-Hornbostel) the kora, balofon, and kontingo

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Do jali muso play these same instruments or others?

Listen to and analyze: "Sunkariba"

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What are kumbengo, birimintingo, donkilo, and sataro?