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  • n. Plural form of griot.


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  • "This is not the first time that a Twitter tag has been used to mobilize young people around a particular event; the most famous previous case has been that of 'griots' - the tag used to report on the youth riots in Greece, which later spread to Europe, arguably also with the help of Twitter."

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  • One of the griots was the magisterial Coleman Hawkins, who invented the jazz tenor saxophone, and whose signature sound was so huge he didn't need a microphone in a club.

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  • Traditional storytellers known as griots entertained the throng gathered around a dusty field.

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  • In the past, the hollow bark was also used to bury "griots", a special West African cast of poets, musicians and sorcerers.

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  • Damn! And all this time I thought "griots" was just the Yankee mis-pronunciation of that creamy white hot cereal I grew up on in New Orleans.

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  • In Mali -- an impoverished landlocked West African nation -- word of the eventually victorious 1991 pro-democracy struggle against the Traore dictatorship was spread through griots, the traditionally singing storytellers, who would wander from village to village.

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  • Senegal's politics have been dominated by poets, artists, and griots—traditional storytellers—since the country gained its independence from France in 1960 under the leadership of poet Leopold Senghor.

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  • Mr. Bona was born into a family of griots, or musician-storytellers, in the Cameroonian village of Minta—"just 20 houses and a church," he recalled.

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  • Personally, I was entranced and dazzled by the regal appearance of the griots.

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  • Bombardier told me about the griots, Senegalese bards who celebrate the country's heroes with epic poems.

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