from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An ancient empire of western Africa in present-day Mali. It was founded c. 700 by Berbers and reached the height of its power around 1500.
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- proper n. Any of a group of closely related languages or dialects centred on the middle stretches of the Niger River in West Africa, and used as a lingua franca in that region.
- n. Any member of a West African people who speak the Songhai languages.
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- n. a Nilo-Saharan language spoken by the Songhai in Mali and Niger
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Popular history credits the Moroccan Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour Ad-Dahbi's conquest in 1591 of part of the Songhai Empire, in particular Timbuktu, with bringing large numbers of captives and slaves back across the Sahara to form the Gnawa.
BBtv World: Green tech and internet at the Songhai Center in Benin ...
Whether or not you parse Arabic, Tamashek or Songhai, or understand her social critiques, your ears will nevertheless recognize a powerful belter—one of the most arresting voices heard in the last decade.
- Climate change-smart agricultural production, which helps reduce the impact on the environment such as bio-char the process of burning plant-based remnants and making charcoal that is then used as renewable fertilizer in places like Congo, and Benin's Songhai Integrative Farms.
BBtv World: Green tech and internet at the Songhai Center in Benin (Africa)
Bambara empire estalished at Sekou and briefly rules; but Tukolor defeats Bambara and gains power in former Songhai region..
Today the 5.6 million Songhai are found in 19 groups, most in Niger and Mali.
During the 15th and 16th centuries, the Songhai formed one of the largest Muslim African empires in history, ruling modern Gambia, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso all the way to Nigeria.
All of the Songhai cluster are unreached Sunni Muslims; there are very few Christians among them.
Mansa Musa rules “Golden Age” of Malian Empire, solidifies Islam, goes on hajj with 60,000 followers, 500 slaves and 80 gold-laden camels 1324; population of Timbuktu 100,000; offers free health care for Mali citizens with doctors brought back from hajj; but by late 14th century eclipsed by Songhai empire..