Baobab – Tree of Life
Thanks to my love for West Africa I have been drawing Baobab trees over the last days. I am enchanted by these ancient giants! Kora music has been played for centuries under trees like the Baobab, there is something magical listening to the griot masters from Mali playing their ancient songs, passed on from father to son.
Below you can listen to the world famous kora master Toumani Diabate.
“A 700 year old linegae of musicians transmitting their melodies, being witnessed by these magnificent elders (the Baobab), who whisper it to the birds carrying it on their wings, across the globe…”
Sketch with pen:
I used this image (see below) as an example for my drawing, which is from an excellent article by Eric Ross called Historic Baobab Trees of Senegal. (I recommend it if you want to know more about the Baobab tree).