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Title:'Bilali of Faransekila': A West African Hunter and World War I Hero According to a World War II Veteran and Hunters' Singer of Mali
Author:Conrad, David C.
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:Mali
oral traditions
hunting songs
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171778
Abstract:The text by the late hunters' singer Seydou Camara from Mali that is presented here provides support for and confirmation of certain elements of the oral history of West African experiences in the First World War provided by the Guinean veteran Kande Kamara. Composed and sung by Seydou Camara, 'Bilali of Faransekila' provides an oral traditional counterpart to Kande Kamara's firsthand account. 'Bilali of Faransekila' was recorded at Bamako, Mali, in October 1975. It is one of fourteen songs collected along with several interviews and monologues from Seydou Camara during twenty-one sessions between 29 September 1975 and 12 February 1976. The song is influenced by the singer's Malinke cultural background, by his own experience as a West African who served in a European army during World War II, and by his subsequent occupation as a traditional hunters' singer in Mali. While it is above all a celebration of a West African hero in a foreign war, it can also be studied as part of the general corpus of Mande hunters' songs. Notes, ref.