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The Art of the Mali Empire

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emily montojo

on 10 December 2012

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History of Mali art... The Mali empire was very fond of their art and treasured it. It was found almost everywhere though literature, music, architecture, drawing, and sculptures. Malians had many different way of expressing their art. Popular Music/Musicians... Folk music and the Blues in Mali were very common and Folk was the most popular based on the traditions of the Bambara, Soninke, and Malinke people; which was also known as Mande . Made was group of Malians that spoke the same language.

Musicians in Mali are called Jewliw or Griot, but Griot is the most common word to resemble a Mali musician. Two very famous Malian musicians were Salif Keita and Toumani Diabate. These two mostly focused on folk music other than the blues. Buildings of Mali Mosque buildings are the most popular building found in Mali. Mosques are mud-bricks and were homes to all Mailans. Masks! Dancing rituals in Mali were very popular! During their dances Malians would wear animal masks because African cultures would rely on animals. Masks in dances were also worn for moral lessons and was believed that it taught people right from wrong. Music Just this past week two Malian guitar greats died, but it is said that their music will always live and be heard throughout the world. One of them was named Zani Diabate and became one of the first African American musicians to release an album in Europe! Salif Keita What mosques looked like inside The buildings easily crack because of mud hardening Malians would also wear headdresses also resembling an animal.They would be shaped as a birds head with a beak, made out of feathers, porcupine quills, antelope horns, and mud. People didn't only grow to like Mali musicians music just because it sounded good, but also because they had so much respect towards them. Mali's music said so much in one lyrics to many Malians and other cultures making it a big sensation Overall Mali art was very important to Malians and is now becoming important to other states and other countries. Mali is one of the most unique countries and mostly because of the art they produce. Personally Africa has always captured my interest and Malis art made it grow even more. Bibliography "Malians In The South Want Islamists Out Of The North : NPR." NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2012. <http://www.npr.org/2012/12/03/166419506/malians-in-the-south-want-islamists-out-of-the-north?sc=emaf>.
"Mali." World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras. ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 25 Nov. 2012.
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