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a storyteller in West Africa

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The family lineage goes back more than 800 years to Balla Faseke, the first of an unbroken line of Djelis in the Kouyate clan.
The paintings function as the Djeli Ya (historical poeted music narratives of the society) of the African Djali (Griot, original Rappers, rapping history on the logs, which later the Say Lores used to keep record of what went down
Selected by longtime African music compiler Rick Glanvill, Acoustic Africa features a superb collection of songs from the continent's leading musicians including Djeli Moussa Diawara, Dembo Konte and Djessou Mory Kante.
Other tracks include Africando's Trovador, an original Orquesta Broadway composition, Djeli Moussa Diawara's Salsa Kora, Papa Wemba's Jeancy, and Boncana Maiga's Africa Cha-Onda.
And superb performances from Djeli Moussa Diabate, Djedje Djedje, Nai Zou, Goulei Tchepoho, Zaoli Mabo Tape, Akpa Yves Didier, Yao, Funn, and Lemon, are moving testimony to the interior voyage that each dancer made in creating the work, and to the capacity of art to trace new maps of the heart.
Et pourtant, ce n''etait pas n'importe quel film, Djeli de Fadika Kramo-Lancine releve du patrimoine cinematographique non seulement ivoirien, mais africain.
I learned that when contemporary West African kids and adults hear the story of Sunjata told aloud by djeli (storytellers), they get up and dance and sing and participate in the creation of the theatrical experience," says Parks, who has sought to replicate that for American kids by using experiential-theatre techniques.
Transmuting himself into a modern-day West African djeli (poet,
While performing, Sundiata's memorization skills and emotional improvisation, like numerous freestyle rappers, pays homage to the djeli craftsmanship at his poetry's roots.
Like a West Africa, djeli who recounts genealogies, sings praises, and chants epics at important events such as the installation of chiefs, weddings, and naming ceremonies, singing what the Yoruba call an Oriki, or lineage chants, Pilate chants the names of her ancestor, Solomon, and shares memories with the community at large.