Black History Culture : IN PRAISE OF THE WORD: TRADITIONAL AFRICAN ORAL ART...

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  1. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    IN PRAISE OF THE WORD

    In many of traditional African cultures, oral arts are professionalized: the most accomplished storytellers and praise singers are initiates (griots or bards), who have mastered many complex verbal, musical, and memory skills after years of specialized training. This training often includes a strong spiritual and ethical dimension required to control the special forces believed to be released by the spoken/sung word in oral performances. These occult powers and primal energies of creation and destruction are called nyama by Mande peoples of Western Africa, for example, and their jeli, or griots, are a subgroup of the artisan professions that the Mande designate nyamakalaw, or “nyama-handlers.” Following a traditional griot performance of a spiritually-charged oral epic like Sundjiata, a Malian audience might ritualistically chant, “!Ka nyama bo!”-- which could be translated something like, “May the powers of nyama safely disperse!” This power of the spoken word is expressed in the following praise poem of the West African Bamara (AKA: Bambara) peoples:


    For More Click on the Website Below...

    http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/hum211/CoursePack/coursepackpast/oralarts.htm


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    Hi Isaiah,

    I did not quite understand the link on traditional african oral arts.
    The site was different to me. What I mean, I could not follow the meaning of the stories. Maybe, I'm dense. :?:
     
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    :wave: :wave: Hello Seeley!

    I just wanted to Welcome you to Destee's! Look around, make yourself at home, and I look forward to reading you in the discussions here. We are family here and would love for you to be apart of it!!! :couple:

    Oh yes yes! Thank you Brother Isaiah! Excellent Thread! :terrific:
     
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    Excellent thread and link. Thanks again Isaiah
     
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    Yes, truly our African roots are the basis for today's music.

    Yes, storytelling is largely lost in American Blacks.

    Yes, we should preserve this rich history in oral and written word and in song.



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