The Mande of West Africa
Music of the Mandinka: a West African people
Name four key ideas for our study of the Mandinka
the role of professional musician in society;
the role of music in politics;
instruments of professional men and women musicians;
form, style, values and aesthetics
Name three historical empires and one kingdom
In terms of current nation-states, what county or countries comprise the geographical area of the former Mali Empire? (map)
How did music serve the Mali Empire? How does it serve people of the Western Sudan?
To what do the terms jali, jali muso, and ne refer?
What is the social role of the jali?
What was the role of the jali in battle?
How would you characterize west African society (e.g., by a class system? by a caste system?)
What are horon and where do professional musicians fit into this system?
What is meant by ritual impurity and "spraying" and jaliya?
What instruments do jali (men) and jali muso (women) play?
What are kora, ne, balofon (balafon), and kontingo (halam)?
How would you characterize and classify (Sachs-Hornbostel) the kora, balofon, and kontingo
Do jali muso play these same instruments or others?
Listen to and analyze: "Sunkariba"
What are kumbengo, birimintingo, donkilo, and sataro?