Griots and Griottes: Masters of Words and Music

Paperback | July 31, 2007

byThomas A. Hale

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Griots, a uniquely African profession, fulfill a variety of roles as genealogists, historians, spokespersons, diplomats, musicians, teachers, praise singers, and advisors. Telling the story of these remarkable wordsmiths and performers, Thomas A. Hale addresses 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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Griots, a uniquely African profession, fulfill a variety of roles as genealogists, historians, spokespersons, diplomats, musicians, teachers, praise singers, and advisors. Telling the story of these remarkable wordsmiths and performers, Thomas A. Hale addresses the nature of their verbal and musical art, the role of female griots, or g...

Thomas A. Hale is Liberal Arts Professor of African, French, and Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University. He is editor of The Epic of Askia Mohammed (IUP, 1996) and co-editor (with John William Johnson and Stephen Belcher) of Oral Epics from Africa (IUP, 1997).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.23 inPublished:July 31, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253219612

ISBN - 13:9780253219619

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A Job Description for Griots
2. The Origin of Griots
3. The Verbal Art of Griots
4. Music across the Griot World
5. The Making of a Griot
6. Would You Want Your Daughter to Marry One?
7. Griottes: Unrecognized Female Voices
8. From the Courtyards of the Nobility to a Global Audience
9. The Value of Words
10. New Millennium Griots
Appendices
Selected Bibliography
Index

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