Stories are a part of what makes us human. We are hard-wired to receive our most important lessons through stories—which have the power to reach our hearts. I’m proud to have collaborated with some gifted storytellers to produce the artworks in this growing collection.
“Dreams of Lions” - 18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm), Watercolor and pencil on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper
ABOUT THE BOOK
Discover the music and culture of West Africa in this engaging and beautifully illustrated account of an artist’s journey up the Niger River to explore the djembe and dunun music of the Malinké people in Guinea.
Djoliba Crossing is 182 pages of stories, historical and cultural information, rhythm transcriptions, maps, and more — with over 70 full color illustrations.
★★★★★ “Djoliba Crossing is an excellent and beautifully-crafted introduction to the world of Malinké music and dance, explaining its relationship to daily life and to ritual activity.” — Indie Reader (indiereader.com)
Djoliba Crossing is a celebration of Mande culture, as well as an adventure tale of cultural discovery…and of seeking one’s own identity far from home.
Filled with narrative stories and historical research, and illustrated with the author’s own drawings, paintings, and music transcriptions, Djoliba Crossing depicts a beautiful and often strange land balancing between the world of its ancient traditions and the frontier of modern ideals — and chronicles an artist’s journey deep into realms of the unexpected.