Friday Ethno-Music Selection: Jali Nyama Suso

Sir Barken Hyena writes:

Representing the vast Griot tradition West African of epic poetry, we have this master (“Jali”) of the 21 string Kora. From Wikipedia:

“The West African griot is a troubadour, the counterpart of the medieval European minstrel… The griot knows everything that is going on… He is a living archive of the people’s traditions… The virtuoso talents of the griots command universal admiration. This virtuosity is the culmination of long years of study and hard work under the tuition of a teacher who is often a father or uncle.”

It’s not apparent at first, but as you listen you can hear the influence on Delta blues, both musically and in the persona of the artist, as a chronicler of truth.

About Sir Barken Hyena

IT professional and veteran of start ups. Life long musician and songwriter. Voracious reader of dead white guys. Lover of food and women.
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