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Sung assemblies or declaimed songs? The samburu soloists (Kenya) on the border between political discussion and musical activity

Sung assemblies or declaimed songs? The samburu soloists (Kenya) on the border between political discussion and musical activity

Giordano Marmone — View the presentationGIORDANO MARMONE (CREM-LESC/University Paris West)

Among the Samburu of Kenya the leaders and the spokesmen of the warriors' age-grade, the so-called larikok, play a fundamental role in both political and musical domains. The oratorical skills of which they must be provided to protect the interests of the warriors during the assemblies, core of the Samburu political system, also allow them to stand out as main soloists during the singing and dancing