Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gg: Griot


Griots are a member ofa class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.

Cocktail Party Banter

Abba and her husband, Kalifa Ould Elde are my favorite griots.

Literary Context

In Mauritania, griots are a caste apart, regraded simultaneously as truth telling folksingers, keepers of the poetry and heritage, and wizards in possession of paranormal powers.