Tom van Buren, Ph.D.

Tom van Buren, Ph.D., was Director of Field Research and Presentation at CTMD, and directed the West African Community Cultural Initiative from 1996-2000.

Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden: West African Troubadours in New York

An 800-Year Tradition Super Manden is a collective of musicians based in New York City, who are dedicated to the performance and teaching of the Malinke oral tradition of Central West Africa known as Jaliya. Passed from generation to generation of hereditary musicians and storytellers, this tradition forms the basis for the larger Mandinka, or Manden …

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