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Dawda Jobarteh: Northern Light Gambian Night

Read "Dawda Jobarteh: Northern Light Gambian Night" reviewed by Chris May


Dawda JobartehNorthern Light Gambian NightSterns Music2011 As the Gaddafis, Assads, Kim Jongs and other poisoned bloodlines (how long have you got?) remind us, dynastic succession is usually bad news. But in African music, bloodlines are benign: from childhood, a musician learns his art from a family elder and goes on to conserve, and possibly extend, the style into which he has been initiated. Among the continent's traditional musicians, dynastic succession is ...


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