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December 11, 2017

Monday, 7pm

The Commons Brooklyn

388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Bond)


Tickets: $20 

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Griot Tradition in West Africa 

An encounter in words and music with the culture of Griot families, their traditional role and the meaning of their music and stories. 


Kora and Balafon players are popular performers in the present world music scene. We love the enchanting melodies, the sound of their instruments and we admire the virtuosity of the artists. Behind this wonderful art form there stands a long tradition of Griot families which goes back to the 13th Century and has played an essential role in Western African societies. 


Saxophonist Edith Lettner will give you an introduction to the tradition of Griot families, their role and significance in ancient and modern life in West Africa. She will also talk about her experiences here and in Africa working with these unique artists of musical speech. 


Mali-born Kora player Yacouba Sissoko descends from one of the most prominent Griot families. Along with performing the traditional songs of his own musical tradition, he has performed and recorded in the United States with numerous artists such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Bobby Mc Ferrin, Youssou N´Dour, Regina Carter. 


WMI PLUS experiences are supported by a grant from ConEdison.