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Alayna Sweitzer

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Alayna Sweitzer

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Modern Day Griots

a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, and/or poet
leaders in society
Can be a man or woman
Women Griots were known as Griottes
Griottes specialize in singing
In order to be a griot you had to be born into a griot family
Griots gain knowledge by traveling
Griots had to remember every event that happend
Impact of Griots
Griot Origins

13th century, Mande Empire of Mali
Mostly made up of the poeple of Mande, Arabs, and many smaller groups
Dominant in North West Africa
Man named Sourakata was believed to be the starter of the griots
Sourakata was against Muhammad, later realized the power of Muhammad and his God
Sourakata converted to Islam and began preaching through song to every city they traveled to
Originally served the royal as tutors or entertainers
Griots now travel all over the world singing and or playing the kora which is now called a banjo
The most popular instrument was the beautiful kora.
Most popular African musicians consider themsleves as Griots and use traditial compositions in their music
Like today most griots are are men but women can be too.
Women specialize in singing and are called griottes
Griots serve as mediators between villages when they had issues and dissagreements.
Griots of West Africa
The Life of a Griot
By: Alayna Sweitzer
For a long amount of time, West Africans had no way to record history.
Instead of a written system, West African griots told their history through storytelling.
Griots could greatly inform others about history, even with music for entertainment.
Performances brought together and united communities.
Griots participated in religious rituals to pray to ancestors for good fortune.
Griots began performing for kings and other high ranking people, even having the audience participate in plays.
Their impact on keeping West African history alive keeps them entertaining to this day.
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