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“La Griotte II” - 14 x 17 in. (36 x 43 cm), graphite on bristol.

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La Griotte II

14x17 graphite on bristol.

For the Malinké, dancing plays a very important role. Music exists for dancing; in fact the word for song, donkilo, is made up of the root words don (dance) and kilo (to call), so could be loosely translated to “come dance.” The music calls both young and old to participate in a joyful and healthy act of expression and joy. Here, a griotte woman shows her joy for the music at one of the many festivals that take place throughout the year.