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Mandinka: fältarbetets mödor
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art.
2005 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Title: Mandinka - the toil of fieldwork

The purpose of this thesis is to account for the Islamic, colonial and other ethnic groups impact on the Mandinkas and their traditions and music.

This thesis is an introduction the ethnic group Mandinka in West Africa and the struggle of a researcher in the field. My fieldwork took place in a small village, Berefet in the Gambia in 2004 where I studied not only the music but also the tradition using masked figures in ceremonies among the Mandinkas. Masked figures, like the Kankurang are mainly associated with the circumcision, where the Kankurang protects the initiates from evil spirits and cannibal-witches. The Kankurang is also used just for fun and entertainment.

The threedrum-ensemble, Kutiro is unique for the Mandinkas but the Fulas and the Wolofs, two ethnic groups living in same area as the Mandinkas, use similar drums and play in a similar way. Dji Dunun is another drum used by the Mandinkas but only women play it. Women play overall an important roll in Mandinka-music.

In my thesis I write about the creation and fall of three major empires in West Africa: Ancient Ghana (Wagadu), ancient Mali and Kabu and their desire to control the goldmines in Bambuk and Buré. The gold trade opened the door to the northern parts of Africa and made the penetration of Islam possible. The Jakhanke-clerics play an important roll in the gentle spread of Islam the Gambia. They didn't approve of jihad as a method to spread Islam and they were well aware of the importance old believes played in people's lives. Therefore, present-day Islam in The Gambia is more or less a fusion between old believes and Islamic traditions.

The slave trade and the European presence in this region have had an enormous impact and many of the troubles that some countries in Africa suffer from today go back to the days of colonialism and the devastating slave trade.

Is it possible to see influences from other ethnic groups in Mandinka music and traditions? The European presence and Islam, can you see traces of this in Mandinka music and traditions?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
dji dunun
Keywords [sv]
Gambia, Mandinka, Kankurang, Kutiro, Fältarbete, västafrika
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-203DiVA, id: diva2:135791
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Available from: 2005-12-21 Created: 2005-12-21 Last updated: 2017-10-18

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