"Untitled Griot Film" Extended Film Trailer (TRT 7:00)  (In Production)

"If You Think of West Africa as a Body, the Griot is the Blood"  

  -Toumani Diabate  


The Griot, West Africa’s rich and colorful collective of musicians, historians, storytellers, and poets have kept the spirit of their people alive and in tact for nearly ten centuries through the power of their music and dance.

Today the forefathers of the blues, rap and many Afro-Latin beats face new forces as emigration, technology and change in tastes threaten to render their tradition and culture obsolete.


Father and Son, Seattle, WA Residents, and Griot Artists, Mapate and Thione Diop discuss their experience as Africans in the American Northwest.