I ni ce Coleman and dear fellow forum members!
I’m attracted to learning Bambara mostly because of playing traditional Mandeng instruments (djembe, ngoni, kora, balafon), and I find some of them (and other words related to playing music) are either missing or written so, that it wasn’t obvious for me to find them.
djembe appears as [jɛnbe] (An ka taa - Manding (Bambara/Jula) Dictionary)
ngoni appears as [nkɔ̀nin] (An ka taa - Manding (Bambara/Jula) Dictionary)
kora appears as [kɔra] (An ka taa - Manding (Bambara/Jula) Dictionary)
I know this is the proper way to write them, but a beginner would just search for kora, djembe, ngoni, and wouldn’t find them… I’m already familiar with the true phonetics, that’s why I could find them…
Then, the words “music” and “musician” are missing, at least from English to Bambara. Would be great to have them, along with some examples, like how to say things like
“I am playing the djembe”
“I am learning how to play the kora”
“I love dancing”
“I love music”
“I love listening to music”
I’m sure many people approach learning Bambara because of listening or learning Mandeng music, so I’m sure these entries will be heartly welcomed. Also could be great to have a youtube video dedicated to words and expression related to music
Other than these, dear Coleman, your dedication, your work of highest quality is just plain impressive on all levels!!! With everything you do, you bring us closer to the Mandeng culture like nothing else. Congratulations and thank you!!!
Greetings from Brazil,