from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A storyteller in western Africa who perpetuates the oral tradition and history of a village or family.
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- n. West African storyteller who passes on oral traditions, a wandering musician and poet.
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- n. a storyteller in West Africa; perpetuates the oral traditions of a family or village
For those of you who are not familiar with the term "griot" or jali, or jeli, depending on where the griot is from a quick explanation: the griot is the repository of the history of his or her people, knowing geneologies and major epic songs by heart.
I also liked the term griot as it reinforces the need for a point of view.
For example, A griot is a major player in West African society.
Understanding the function of the griot is a great way to gain insight into the culture of West Africa.
Actually Luke the great Malian griot aka praise singer Salif Keita, with whom griots, not SK who kicked the habit you have a lot in common - singing the praises of whoever pays, like arms industry PR or hailing Blair through his worst days - is an albino and has red hair.
A griot is a male singer who keeps the village history as an oral tradition.
Anoff believes he will eventually recoup his costs because his movie has translated "griot" art - the oral storytelling technique
Rick: Would you be considered a "griot" within your own community?
We've been studying the "griot" people of Senegal lately, and listening to Sabar drum music.
Ami KoitaWest African singer Ami Koita was born in Djoliba, Mali (birthplace of griot legend Salif Keita), in 1952.
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