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Griot
Griots were originally singers and storytellers in the courts of African kings. Today, many members of Griot families have become pop stars both within West Africa and internationally. You can even hire a Griot to create a song about you!











Do you know what I'd like to be if I weren't a spider? A Griot!

Griots are a group of people whose job is to remember and pass along the stories of their community. They are oral storytellers. For as long as people can remember, Griots have told tales and sung songs that tell of family histories, recount adventures, or praise their rulers.

Today, many members of Griot families have become pop stars both within West Africa and all over the world. Others stay close to their homes and perform at marriages and at the parties of wealthy local businessmen and civic leaders.