Songhai


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a Nilo-Saharan language spoken by the Songhai in Mali and Niger

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The kora player Toumani Diabate immediately snapped up Kasse for more collaboration after the successful work they had done together on Songhai 2.
So what he meant is that my ancient ancestors go back to the great civilizations of Egypt and Songhai and Ghana.
Greg Carr (Philadelphia: Songhai Press and the School District of Philadelphia 2005),14-15.
Commercially, while trade along the northwest route declined following the conquest of Songhai by the Moroccans in the 1590s and the ensuing anarchy in the region of the Niger bend, the trade with the Hausa states became particularly brisk.
Williams (1971) admirably describes the destruction of African civilizations with the advent of the Hyksos or Desert Kings into ancient Egypt that led to the dispersal of a number of African peoples; this destruction of African civilizations continued with the Moroccans or Moors who attacked Songhai, the last Sudanic empire i n West Africa in the 1490s.
These are people who take pride in the rich traditions of their history as the descendants of the Kanuri people of the Borno Empire which lasted for over 1,500 years and rivalled the Songhai, Ghana, and Mali empires in wealth and influence.
For starters, we can ask him how our forebears were able to build the Ghana, Mali and Songhai civilisations (let's leave the Meroe and the Egyptian civilisations out of it for the time being) without paying obeisance to any foreigners.
In the African experience, followers and their leaders moving as one created the great West African empires of Ghana, Mali, Songhai and all the wonders gracing the African social universe.
The original African bling is gold; this is evident in the material wealth of such ancient empires as Nubia, which means the "Land of Gold," and the Golden Empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.
Surely, if they were still alive, the Africans who built the pyramids in Ancient Egypt or Great Zimbabwe in Monomatapa, or the first university in Timbuktu (after which the first university in Europe at Salamanca, Spain, was fashioned), or the great empires of Mali, Ghana and Songhai, and the other glorious achievements of Africa's past, would be greatly disappointed that the current generation of Africans did not include any of them in the Top 20.
In Masks, particularly, he makes a wide range of references to such African empires as Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Benin, Congo and Chad; such African towns as Axum, Timbuctu, Ougadougou, Takoradi and Kumasi; such African personalities as Chaka, Osai Tutu; such African gods as Ogun, Damballa, Olodumare, Tano; the tropical Rain Forest; the Fauna and Flora of Africa, its history, legends, myths and mores.
Al Kati, the Timbuktu historian, informs us in the Tarikh elFettach that Askia Ishak (1591 AD), the last of the Songhai emperors in West Africa, used over 200 vessels along the Niger River to evacuate his court from the advancing Morroccan army.
West Africans, whose ancestors were among those who engendered and fashioned the ancient Nile Valley civilizations and IBIs (Darkwah 2003), combined their traditional system of education with the Muslim system to produce the IBIs of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai in the cites of Jenne, Timbuktu, and Gao.
Both the Mali and Songhai dynasties of ancestralists were overthrown by dynasties of Muslims and vice versa, in a life and death struggle for cultural space, comparable to similar developments in Serbia today.