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“Lancine Condé” - 19 x 24 in. (48 x 61 cm), graphite on bristol.

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Lancine Condé

19x24 graphite on bristol.

Lancine Condé is the name of my dear friend and long-time mentor in West Africa. My studies of the traditional tambin (aka Fula flute, or Fulani flute) led me to seek Lancine out in 2005. He was renowned for his abilities on the instrument, having taught himself how to play as a young boy, and is a true virtuoso on this expressive and unique wind instrument. Over the years, my apprenticeship with Lancine formed into a friendship that has continued ever since, and I go to spend time with he and his family in Guinea whenever possible. In addition to being a great mentor and friend, he has also served as my reliable guide and translator on subsequent adventures into the West African countryside. Lancine played a large role in my 2013 book, Djoliba Crossing.

Drawing on Culture

An Artist’s West Africa Travelogue


In Drawing on Culture, Kobrenski shares his artwork, stories, and insights about culture and worldviews with the keen eye of an anthropologist so that we might, in turn, see our own cultural worldview with new eyes.

More than thirty new artworks from his time in Guinea are compiled here alongside his own field notes and essays. His portrait drawings inspire conversations about diversity, tradition, and why ancient ways of knowing are now more relevant than ever.

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“Dave Kobrenski is a gifted artist and musician, and a better anthropologist than many of the PhDs I know. Here is a fine text that depicts people as they are, illustrates their essence, and demonstrates the importance of appreciating, without appropriating, their lives and ways of being.”

Katherine Donahue, Ph.D, Professor Emerita, Anthropology