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Duran, Lucy (2000) 'Women, Music, and the “Mystique” of Hunters in Mali.' In: Monson, Ingrid, (ed.), The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective. New York, NY: Garland Publishing, pp. 137-86.

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In his study of Maninka and Bamana hunters’ initiation societies (donsotonw), the Malian scholar Youssouf Tata Cissé quotes a significant line from one hunter’s song text: dunun nègè be sogo faa bali la (Those who don’t hunt are crazy for hunters’ music!) (Cissé 1994:207.3 Despite the fact that, in Mali, game is now scarce and protected by legislation, the cultural traditions and moral values of hunters’ societies continue to be of deep symbolic importance for contemporary Malians. The mere sight of a hunter, dressed in the traditional hunter’s cap and tunic of mud-dye cloth, conjures images of Mali’s glorious past, going back to the master hunter (simbon) Sunjata Keita, the founder of the Mali (Mande) empire in 1235.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Music
ISBN: 9781138177895
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2007 13:18

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