Masters of the Sabar: Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal

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Temple University Press, 2007 - Music - 224 pages
"Masters of the Sabar" is the first book to examine the music and culture of Wolof griot percussionists, masters of the vibrant sabar drumming tradition. Based on extensive field research in Senegal, this book is a biographical study of several generations of percussionists in a Wolof griot ("g(r)w1/2l") family, exploring and documenting their learning processes, repertories, and performance contextsOCofrom life-cycle ceremonies to sporting events and political meetings. Patricia Tang examines the rich history and changing repertories of sabar drumming, including dance rhythms and "bakks," musical phrases derived from spoken words. She notes the recent shift towards creating new "bakks" which are rhythmically more complex and highlight the virtuosity and musical skill of the percussionist. She also considers the burgeoning popular music genre called "mbalax." The compact disc that accompanies the book includes examples of the standard sabar repertory, as well as "bakks "composed and performed by Lamine Tour(r) and his family drum troupe."
 

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Page 2 - Japan, China, India. Geography The capital of Senegal, Dakar, is the westernmost point in Africa. The country, slightly smaller than South Dakota, surrounds Gambia on three sides and is bordered on the north by Mauritania, on the east by Mali, and on the south by Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. Senegal is mainly a low-lying country, with a semidesert area in the north and northeast and forests in the southwest. The largest rivers include the Senegal in the north and the Casamance in the south tropical...

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Patricia Tang is Associate Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a scholar and performer of Senegalese music.

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