Masters of the Sabar
Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal

 

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Masters of the Sabar
Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal

by Patricia Tang (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9781592134205

 

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Examines the rich history and changing repertories of sabar drumming, including dance rhythms and bakks, musical phrases derived from spoken words. Highlight the virtuosity and musical skill of the percussionist, this work also considers the burgeoning popular music genre called mbalax. It is accompanied by a Compact Disc.


"Masters of the Sabar" is the first book to examine the music and culture of Wolof griot percussionists, masters of the vibrant sabar drumming tradition. Based on extensive field research in Senegal, this book is a biographical study of several generations of percussionists in a Wolof griot (gewel) family, exploring and documenting their learning processes, repertories, and performance contexts-from life-cycle ceremonies to sporting events and political meetings. Patricia Tang examines the rich history and changing repertories of sabar drumming, including dance rhythms and bakks, musical phrases derived from spoken words. She notes the recent shift towards creating new bakks which are rhythmically more complex and highlight the virtuosity and musical skill of the percussionist. She also considers the burgeoning popular music genre called mbalax. The compact disc that accompanies the book includes examples of the standard sabar repertory, as well as bakks composed and performed by Lamine Toure and his family drum troupe.


 

ISBN 1592134203
ISBN13 9781592134205
Publisher Temple University Press,U.S.
Format Paperback
Publication date 08/02/2007
Pages 224
Weight (grammes) 354
Published in United States
Height (mm) 228
Width (mm) 152

Introduction
I.
You will be griot in another way: The Ethnomusicologist's story
II.
There once was a king called Maysa Waaly Jon: Sabar History, Instruments, Ensemble and Sound
III.
The griot lineage, we are one: Wolof Caste and Identity
IV. My foreparents used to beat the drums: Wolof Family, Kinship and Musical Genealogy
V.
If a snake bites you, you will think of death: Sabar Repertories
VI.
Dancing fish and rice: Performance Contexts
VII. The 'pax' you play is so sweet: The role of sabar in mbalax
Conclusion