The Heart of the Ngoni. .Heroes of the African Kingdom of Segu.


“The Heart of the Ngoni”is the first English Language collection of heroic narritives taken from the oral tradition of the Bambara,one of the most important tribes in Western Africa and the founders of the kingdom of Segu,a group of city states that existd in the seventeenth century along the Upper Niger river.The Ngoni is the musical instrument favoured by the djeli,the bard-historians attached to the kingdom’s noble families,who recited the noble’ancestry and the accomplishments of each generation.

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H/b in nice quarter-bound two-toned v/g pictorial d/w with a portraite of the author on the verso.Size 9×6 pp 10+178 inc bibliography,glossary,no plates, only artistic designs in text,text only,page maps in prelims.Hinges strong,binding firm,internaly nice and clean throughout.some slight foxing to outer edges,visible only when closed, no staining or browning.a v/g almost fine copy.


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