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Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music

Ryan Thomas Skinner


Bamako Sounds tells the story of an African city, its people, their values, and their music. Centered on the music and musicians of Bamako, Mali’s booming capital city, this book reveals a community of artists whose lives and works evince a complex world shaped by urban culture, postcolonialism, musical expression, religious identity, and intellectual property. Drawing on years of ethnographic research with classically trained players of the kora (a twenty-one-string West African harp) as well as more contemporary, hip-hop influenced musicians and producers, Ryan Thomas Skinner analyzes how Ba ... More

Keywords: Mali, Music, Ethics, Afropolitanism, African Studies, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Ethnomusicology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816693498
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Thomas Skinner, author
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Ohio State University