★★★★★ “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.

Available online on Amazon.com as well as from my friends at DrumSkull Drums in Santa Cruz.

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.

Music & Rhythm Transcriptions

Included in Djoliba Crossing are djembe and dunun (sangban, dununba, kenkeni) rhythm notations for the following pieces of music:

  • Konden
  • Dunungbe
  • Taama
  • Numun
  • Donso Foli
  • Mamaya
  • Bala Kulandyan
  • Dyènè / Djaa
  • Mendiani (Hamanah)
  • Soliwulen
  • Komodenu

Hand-drawn Maps

Djoliba Crossing features a series of hand-drawn, historical maps. Some of these maps include:

  • ancient Mali Empire (depicting West Africa & Old Mali at the time of Sundiata Keita)
  • modern-day political boundaries of West Africa
  • Guinea-Conakry map
  • the traditional Hamanah (Kouroussa) region, showing villages and routes in the interior of Guinée

Reviews

★★★★★
“Djoliba Crossing is an excellent and beautifully-crafted introduction to the world of Malinke music and dance, explaining its relationship to daily life and to ritual activity.”
Indie Reader (indiereader.com)

★★★★★
“Djoliba Crossing is art of the highest magnitude and belongs in the collection of writers, artists and musicians or anyone with even a glancing interest in the people, culture and music of West Africa. Dave’s paintings, drawings and stories bring West Africa alive…”
jahbuyaka

★★★★★
“Essential Reading! This book is key if you are studying the music, culture and/or dance of this region of the world. The drawings are exquisite. The notes are inspiring, and the writing is a true representation of what it is like to travel and experience the culture of Guinea, West Africa…a work of art, IMO.”
David M. Smith

★★★★★
“Beautiful book! Highly recommended for drummers, music teachers, or people interested in West Africa.”
Apple Scruff

Detailed Info

Pages: 182
Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
Publisher: Artemisia Books

Hardcover:
ISBN-10: 0982668902
ISBN-13 978-0982668900

Paperback:
ISBN-10: 0982668996
ISBN-13: 978-0982668993