Artist Alyson Carvalho
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Dumisai: Name in Yoruba that means A herald.African societies in general, and particularly Sub-Saharan Africa in particular, are essentially spoken word... Read More
Dumisai: Name in Yoruba that means A herald.
African societies in general, and particularly Sub-Saharan Africa in particular, are essentially spoken word societies.
Even when writing exists, and despite centuries of colonization, orality remains an integral part of the community and the individual, constitutive of one's individual and collective identity.
It is a key element in the transmission and preservation of the tradition and wisdom of peoples, bequeathed by ancestors from generation to generation, by word of mouth over the centuries.
Black African tradition is based on the word;
It is essentially oral.
Orality is completed by rites and symbols, but these without the word, without tradition, become unintelligible and ineffective.
Dumisai is Orality.
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