Tambacounda Region

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Tambacounda Region
Région de Tambacounda
Region
Location o Tambacounda in Senegal
Tambacounda région, dividit intae 4 départements
Coordinates: 13°18′N 12°49′W / 13.300°N 12.817°W / 13.300; -12.817
Kintra Senegal
Caipital Tambacounda
Départements
Area
 • Total 59,602 km2 (23,012 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 605,695
 • Density 10/km2 (26/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Tambacounda, umwhile kent as Sénégal Orientale, is a region o Senegal. It uised tae be pairt o the Mali Empire afore the borders wur creatit tae separate Mali frae Senegal. Tambacounda is pheesically the lairgest o Senegal's 11 regions, but is spairsely populatit an its economy lags ahint the rest o the kintra. The depairtment o Kédougou wis separatit frae Tambacounda in 2008, an became a separate region.

Depairtments[eedit | eedit soorce]

Tambacounda region is dividit intae 4 depairtments:

Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Tambacounda is traversed bi the northwasterly line o equal latitude an langitude.

Cultur[eedit | eedit soorce]

Tambacounda is famous for its rich djembe an dance cultur an heritage. Some o the greatest djembe masters frae Segu, Mali came tae Tambacounda in the mid 1900's, bringin wi them their history, knowledge, an secrets o the djembe. Its offeecial leid is French, but Wolof is mair widely spaken in Sénégal.[1][2]

Hintle knowledge o djembe history wis transmittit directly tae djembe master Abdoulaye Diakite bi his master teacher Suncaru Jara. Suncaru Jara's teacher wis Chebleni Traore, whose teacher wis Numuni Traore, the first djembe master tae bring the djembe oot o Bamana secrecy, thus ignitin the diaspora o the djembe.

The diaspora o the djembe an aw teuk place acause there wur too mony djembe masters in Tambacounda at that time, pressurin some tae muive on tae different touns or kintras. Abdoulaye Diakite significantly influencit the diaspora o the djembe, first bi tourin warldwide wi the National Ballet of Senegal for 18 years as their lead soloist, in addition tae his later wirk in the 1990s runnin the Tambacounda West African Drum and Dance Camp.[3]

In licht o its rich cultural heritage an location, Tambacounda is the day kent as djembe "pruivin grund", syne ane niver kens who micht be passin through toun. This haes haed the effect o keepin the local djembe players on their toes, bi playin exactly as tradition dictates. Even in the face o globalization, the djembe playin haes remained remarkably traditional in Tambacounda.

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The economy o Tambacounda is based primarily on agricultur, wi cash crops includin cotton an peanuts. Minin plays a role in the southern part of the region around the ceety o Kedougou. The region is an aw hame tae the Niokolo-Koba National Park, the lairgest reserve in wastren Africae, which supports anither leg o Tambacounda's economy, tourism.[4]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Ibrahima Diallo (2010). The Politics of National Languages in Postcolonial Senegal. Cambria Press. p. 19. ISBN 9781604977240. 
  2. National African Language Resource Center. Wolof. 
  3. "The Djembe Master". Afrodrumming. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  4. Anthony Ham (2010). Lonely Planet Africa. Lonely Planet. pp. 496–497. ISBN 9781741049886.