Welcome to "Talking Drum Dialogues" (formerly 'Backstreet Djeli's Blog)

The historical novel, "BACKROADS TO BETHLEHEM': Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior...," is still available on-line at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. But while you're here, please feel free to click the MENU icon (upper left corner) to access additional information. Or, simply leaf through the various journal postings below. Thank you for visiting. William "Duke" Smither

by William “Duke” Smither “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” – Bob Marley (a.k.a., Robert Nesta Marley, 1945–1981, Jamaican singer-songwriter, proud Rastafarian and Reggae musician extraordinaire)     Gone Too Soon… Proponents of Pan-Africanism, Ethnomusicology, and Black Music in general– but Jazz, our especially expressive music with African roots, in particular— […]