Ras Griot.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Poets (Works)
African poetry
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Persons: Named Person: Ras Griot
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 306754403
Full Text: Ras Griot:

A Griot (Gree-Oh) by his or her very nature is a portal through time--A gatekeeper between the past and the present. The Griot's function is to transfer and preserve cultural knowledge, history and wisdom. In West African tradition the Griot serves as a member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain oral history. In this modern age, Ras Griot uses the fusion of poetry, hip-hop, jazz, African drums and dub music to educate and entertain. His poetry and spoken word draws upon the subconscious connection with African forefathers and mothers, giving voice to their struggle, hope, and ultimate redemption. He has served as a featured poet at several youth and community venues in the Baltimore and Washington, DC area.
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