Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate Writing Styles in Sundiata

Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate
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Form and Style

Like many epics, Sundiata is meant to be sung and performed. The role of the griot in the production of the epic is paramount; he or she must embellish the language and make the story pleasing to the listeners. Sundiata does not appear to adhere to any regular meter of stresses or syllables, and most versions are told in everyday vernacular language. The audience does not participate, except to honor the griot with gifts at the end of the performance.

Point of View

The point of view of the narrator, griot Mamoudou Kouyate, plays a crucial role in the epic. He states again and again his inherited right to tell the history of .the Keita ruler, because he is descended from the griot who served Sundiata. Several times in the course of the story, the griot makes reference to himself and to the importance of the...

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