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Title:Chanter le baja ni: Abirè le Voyant Dogon
Authors:Beek, Walter E.A. vanISNI
Saye, Atimè Dogolu
Ongoiba, Oumarou Sambo
Year:2020
Issue:37
Pages:288
Language:French
Series:ASC occasional publications
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre Leiden
ISBN:9789054481805
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:Dogon
history
songs
funerals
songs (form)
Abstract:In the 19th century a blind singer roamed the plains and cliff side area of the Dogon in Central Mali. His name was Abirè Goro, and both as a singer and a prophet he gained a huge reputation that still reverberates among the Dogon, who not only still remember and quote his many local predictions, but still sing his main legacy, a cycle of songs called the baja ni. As part of the funeral rituals, these chants are sung during a full night, in a performance lasting seven hours. The texts relate about history of the villages, local wars, village life, but are mainly songs of mourning, expressions of the essence of life as seen by the Dogon: life, death and destiny, the joy of life and the ways to cope with its inevitable demise.
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