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In 1995, Banning Eyre went to Bamako, the capital of Mali to study guitar playing with Djelimady Tounkara, a former star of the Super Rail Band. This title presents an account of Eyre's trip - an insider-view into African music. It reveals the triumphs and failures of the African music scene.
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?Banning?s book presents a riveting, richly illustrative and insightful look into his extraordinary seven month?s journey deep into the heart of Mali?s music scene...With the explosion and popularity and appetite for world music, Banning?s book is one of a kind primer on just how deep the connection runs between West African cultural traditions and nearly all of our Western popular music. I can?t remember when a Westerner has been able to dive so deeply into another culture with such soulful results? Bonnie Raitt ?One of the best can?t -put-it-down roots music reads in recent memory? Folk Roots ?An essential and extraordinary read for anyone interested in Africa and world music? World MusicSynopsis:
When Banning Eyre arrived in Mali in 1993 he had one aim: to record the legendary gultarist Djelimady Tounkara and his band - The Super Rail Band of Bamako - for American radio. The two struck up a musical friendship and when Banning left, Djelimady invited him back for a longer period, to learn guitar. In Griot Time is the story of Banning Eyre's time in Mali with Djelimady, his family, griots, and many other larger than life characters and artists. Here is the detail of Malian life from - within families, amongst musicians and amongst friends. Financial intrigues, late night bars and social gatherings from weddings to baptisms provide the background. Featuring amongst others a Malian millionaire Babani Sissoko, a diva, numerous musicians and singers and a Grammy-winning guitar god - In Griot Time offers a unique inside view of Mali life, culture and music.
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M185242690X