The Epic of Kelefaa Saane (African Epic) by Sirifo Camara,Sana Camara

By Sirifo Camara,Sana Camara

This robust and well known epic honors the mythical warrior prince of Kaabu and Mandinka cultural hero, Kelefaa Saane. a customary of the griot repertoire, the epic of Kelefaa Saane is regularly taught to younger performers before everything in their careers. Sirifo Camara’s masterful recitation was once recorded in Dakar in 1987. it's been transcribed in Mandinka and is translated into English right here for the 1st time. The epic, because it describes Kelefaa’s lifestyles and exploits, relates what it capacity to be Mandinka. Kelefaa’s impressive prowess and advantage derive from the political, social, ethical, and theological founding myths of the Mandinka humans. this pretty and interesting functionality presents a different point of view at the highbrow and literary historical past of West Africa.

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