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Title: Les Rois des Tambours au Haayre
Subtitle: Récitée par Aamadu Baa Digi, griot des FulBe à Dalla (Mali)
Written By: C. Angenent
A. Breedveld
M. de Bruijn
N. Dijk
Series Title: African Sources for African History

The text in this volume covers a large period. It runs from the
intensification of Islamic teaching during the reign of Alu Maana, to the
struggles and intrigues at the court when Seeku Aamadu reigned over the
neighboring Islamic emirate of Maasina, to the French colonial regime.
During the latter episode, a lot of attention is given to the manipulation
of the appointment of rulers and the subsequent decline of their power
under Modibo Keita and Moussa Traoré in independent Mali. This interference
of the French has resulted in doubts about the legitimacy of the kings,
which is symbolized by the royal drums that are no longer played upon. The
political developments involving the foundation of two parties by the
Malian state, further diminished the role of the leaders of the Haayre as
mediators for their people. This development is embodied in the final
sentence of the text when Aamadu Baa Digi desperately concludes that "Jamaa
oo, haya joonin, kaanankoo'be mon 'be, laamu walaa," which was translated
as "Peuple, maintenant, vos rois, ils n'ont plus de pouvoir." A team of
researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds (forestry,
anthropology, linguistics, religious studies) has provided commentary on
the social, cultural, geographic, ecological, political, linguistic and
religious context of this text. An account is also given on the production
and the producer of this text recited so vividly by Aamadu Baa Digi.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9004124462
ISBN-13: 9789004124462
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