Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music (A by Ryan Thomas Skinner

By Ryan Thomas Skinner

Bamako Sounds tells the tale of an African urban, its humans, their values, and their track. situated at the song and musicians of Bamako, Mali’s booming capital urban, this booklet unearths a group of artists whose lives and works evince a posh global formed by way of city tradition, postcolonialism, musical expression, non secular id, and highbrow property.

Drawing on years of ethnographic study with classically informed avid gamers of the kora (a twenty-one-string West African harp) in addition to extra modern, hip-hop motivated musicians and manufacturers, Ryan Thomas Skinner analyzes how Bamako artists stability social imperatives with own pursuits and worldwide imaginations. no matter if played continue to exist degree, broadcast at the radio, or shared over the net, song is a privileged mode of expression that suffuses Bamako’s city soundscape. It animates specialist tasks, communicates cultural values, broadcasts public piety, resounds on the market, and really actually plays the country. tune, the artists who make it, and the audiences who interpret it hence signify an important technique of articulating and disseminating the ethics and aesthetics of a diversified and important Afropolitanism, in Bamako and beyond.

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