“In Griot Time” has the power to beguile even those who have never heard a note of West African music.
...one of the best can’t-put-it-down roots music reads in recent memory...highly, highly recommended.
V.S. Naipaul fans: you will love this book!
In Griot Time is Banning Eyre’s gripping, entertaining and insightful journey into the world of music and the lives of musicians in Mali. It is an essential and extraordinary read for anyone interested in African and world music.
In Griot Time is definitely useful for cultural studies/ethnomusicology courses. I teach a course called “Popular Music of Africaand the Diaspora” at the 300 (mid-range) level. I get undergrads of all years. There have been so few books written on contemporary African music compared to the many recent books about the Caribbean. I will surely use In Griot Time next time I teach the course.
“In Griot Time” is No. 1 on the radio program called “Racines.”
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...a spellbinding listening experience.
...unlike anything else on record.
...a real feast for fans of African guitar.
...an indispensable compendium...
...what a time it must have been.
Eyre’s refined ear pulls together the best...