DEVOIR D’ANGLAIS Tle.A / Tle.D

PART ONE : Reading comprehension(40%)

 

“For some people, when you say “Timbuktu, it is like the end of the world, but that is not true. I am from Timbuktu, and I can tell you we are right at the heart of the world”, said Ali Farka Toure. He is one of the finest blues guitarists and singers in West Africa. He combined traditional Malian songs and rhythms with many outside influences to produce a highly individual style. Toure was born into the noble Sorhai family in theTimbuktu region of Mali in 1939.

Being of noble birth and not part of the Jali class, he should never have taken up music since the profession is normally inherited in Malian society and the right to play belongs to the Jali. However, being a man of fierce determination and independence, once he decided to take up music, there was nothing to stop him. In 1950 he began playing the “gurkel” a single string African guitar that he chose because of its power to draw out the spirits. He also taught himself the “n’jarka”, a single string fiddle * that is today a popular part of his performance. Then in 1956 he saw a performance by the great Guinean guitarist Keita Fodeba. He was so moved that he decided then and there to become a guitarist. Teaching himself, Toure adapted traditional songs using techniques he had learned on the gurkel. For many years he followed a successful career in West Africa adapting traditional songs and rhythms in ten languages from Mali’s enormous cultural wealth. This career was combined with a life rooted in his village. Although Toure toured widely in Africa and occasionally in Europe and America, he preferred the security of village life, family, friends, crops and livestock.

Toure was almost 50 when he came to the attention of the world music community in the West. Since then he’s toured often in North America and Europe, and recorded frequently, sometimes with contributions from Taj Mahal and members of the Chief tans. In 1994 he won the prestigious Grammy Award with his Talking Timbuktu album. Howerver,Toure didn’t release a record on American shores for five years afterwards; he finally broke the silence in 1999 with Niafunke, which discarded the collaborative approach in favor of a return to his musical roots.

 

Adepted from American Bleues and Jazz Rooted in African Tradition by Adam Reinhard, from IROHIN, Taking Africa to the Classroom, A Publication of the Center for African Studies University of Florida, Spring 2002. P.13.

Adapted from American Blues and Jazz,by Adam Reinhard

B/- COMPREHENSION CHECK

Read the text again and say if the following statements are true or false. Justify your answer with the lines.Do like in the example 1.True(L.2)

  1. Timbuktu is at the center of the world.
  2. Touré was born in Guinea in 1939.
  3. Touré is only a man of fierce and determination.
  4. Toure’s career was mixed with a life rooted in his village.
  5. He won the prestigious Grammy Award in 1994.

6.Touré never won a reward.

  1. He failed many times

 

 

PART TWO : LANGUAGE IN USE (30%)

A/Complete the bracketed words with “ance – hood – ment”.

  1. Your (commit)…………………….will make of you a champion.
  2. He has become rich thanks to his (inherit)……………………….
  3. Don’t t forget to develop (brother)………………………………….in your environment.

4.(Advertise)………………….is very important in trade.

  1. Since her (child)…………………..she’s always lived in village.
  2. Shape (maintain)………………….lies on physical
  3. Our (neighbour)……………………..is too noisy. I have decided on to a silent area.

B/Choose the right prepositions to complete the sentences

1.My sister is afraid(at/on/of)…..the darkness.

2.Today, most students are good(about/at/of)……. English.

3.When I’m tired, I listen(to/at/of)……… music in order to relax.

4.One of my brother is suffering(of/at/from)…….Malaria

5.Don’t forget, your success dependd(in/of/on)……you

PART THREE : Writing(30%)

On August 12th, 2019, DJ Arafat was killed in a motorbike accident. He was one of the most popular young singer of music called” coupé   décalé”, because young people liked his music. Write a paragraph of 15 lines to show the importance of music for students.

 

PART ONE : Reading comprehension(40%)

PART ONE : Reading comprehension(40%)

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“For some people, when you say “Timbuktu, it is like the end of the world, but that is not true. I am from Timbuktu, and I can tell you we are right at the heart of the world”, said Ali Farka Toure. He is one of the finest blues guitarists and singers in West Africa. He combined traditional Malian songs and rhythms with many outside influences to produce a highly individual style. Toure was born into the noble Sorhai family in theTimbuktu region of Mali in 1939.

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