This workshop explores:
What is a griot?
The traditional role of the griot
The role of the modern griot
How to become a griot.
This workshop will include a screening of Zhana's film "Harriet - a Choreopoem".See also: The Black Blogger as Modern Griot.
Click here to read interviews with Zhana.
Celebrating Black Heroes and Sheroes: for adults and people aged 16 and over.
Led by Zhana, author of Success Strategies for Black People and Black Success Stories.
In some African traditions, the griot held the story of the local people - the village, family or clan. The griot pulled together the strands of the story which represented the various people who took part in it. Kept these strands and held them safe. Savoured them, treasured them. Wove them together to form a cloth, a whole that blended the assorted colours and shadings into a pattern which told the story of the people.
The Griot Workshops use storytelling and creativity to help us to discover and explore our cultural inheritance. We reinforce a positive sense of cultural identity through celebrating our African ancestors, heroes and sheroes.