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Excerpt: West African Griots
are historians, storytellers, traditional praise singers and musicians.
Their roles are hereditary and their surnames identify them as Griots.
For example, Toumani Diabate of Mali comes from 70 generations of Griots.
His father, Sidiki Diabate was considered the “King of the Kora” in Guinea,
Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and The Gambia. When he died, memorials
were held in each of these countries, attended by foreign diplomats, government
officials and musicians. The most famous Griot in each of these countries
was chosen to preside over the memorials and to celebrate the life of Sidiki
Diabate by “singing his praises” and recounting his life story.
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