Gassire's Lute: A West African Epic
Waveland Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 62 pages
This is the translated tale of wars & heroes, it recounts the fall of the city-state Wagadu, & tells how Gassire renounces his noble birth to become his people's first bard.
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