Do you hear the notes plucked as the griot tunes his hoddu? When a Peul griot from Senegal plays his hoddu he sings family histories, praise songs, traditional tales and epics. Within these songs there are questions of identity, and of how people conduct themselves when facing adversity. It is fitting to link that tradition to this collection, which includes: stories of the tirailleurs senegalais (West African conscripts who fought for France); stories of families struggling to find their way; and above all stories of people seeking an answer to the question that most troubles us all: how am I to live? The griot is ready, the hoddu is tuned. Have a seat, be comfortable: the stories are about to begin..."
Warren DM Reed was born in the UK. He earned a BA in French (Truman State University), MA in French Literature (University of Missouri-Columbia) and an MFA in Creative Writing (Old Dominion University). Hoddu: stories is his first published book. An avid film maker, he recently completed his first feature, Our Story (www.our-story.co), which, like the collection, portrays experiences of another group of less well-known soldiers: the men who fought for Tanzania to defeat the invading army of Idi Amin of Uganda. With 12 years' teaching experience, he was also freelance editor before joining at The Open University of Tanzania as an Assistant Lecturer.