What is a Griot?
A Griot is an oral historian from West Africa. In the days before books, people remembered their history by telling stories. People who were particularly skilled became professional story tellers, in charge of carrying on the oral tradition of their society.

The audience often participates in the story telling process, playing music, acting out parts, singing, responding, and contributing sound effects to enhance the story.

The Griot profession is hereditary and has long been a part of West African culture. The Griots’ role has traditionally been to preserve the genealogies, historical narratives, and oral traditions of their people; praise songs are also part of the Griot's repertoire. Many Griots play the kora, a long-necked harp lute with 21 strings. In addition to serving as the primary storytellers of their people, Griots have also served as advisers and diplomats.

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Why Did We Name Our Company Griot?

Having a publishing company, Griot Publishing House allows us to assist Inspiring/Aspiring writers to share their stories with the world. Not only that, we specialize in creating beautiful websites that, in some ways, tell stories using graphics and texts. Because we are in the profession of story telling, it only makes perfect sense to name our company GriotSites, Griot Publishing and GriotBooks.
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Sambou, griot de Niantanso
English: View of Koundian
Français : Sambou, griot de Niantanso
Date: 1872
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