An article in The Taipai Times gives a real sense of the role of the griot and the role of the traditional Mali instrument the Kora. Telling stories on the kora shows how the famous Malian musician Toumani Diabate is a modern griot.
Toumani Diabate is sitting under a tree in his moonlit front garden, down a dusty dirt road in Bamako, the Malian capital. He is picking out a melody on the kora, the West African harp of which he is a master, and talking about what it means to be descended from a long line of professional hereditary musicians, known as griots. “The first role of the griot is to make communication,” he says. “The griots are like an archive. They know the histories and the stories. I’m playing a griot instrument and taking it outside Africa.”
Read the full story By robin Denselow, THE GUARDIAN, BAMAKO, MALI, Sunday, Feb 24, 2008, Page 18
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