Before people learned to writte, history was made with oral traditions and art.

In the Great Mali empire, the keepers of history were called Djeli.

Those who’s mission was and still is to travel across the country and share stories of people from the past so that people in the present could learn how to live a better life.

Some use music some use only their voice.

I met with one who master the tong and the instrument.

His name is Toumani Diabate and this work is inspired by his work that enchanted my ears.