Griot



[gree-oh, gree-oh, gree-ot] /griˈoʊ, ˈgri oʊ, ˈgri ɒt/

noun
1.
a member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.
/ˈɡriːəʊ; ɡriːˈɒt/
noun
1.
(in Western Africa) a member of a caste responsible for maintaining an oral record of tribal history in the form of music, poetry, and storytelling

1820, from French griot (17c.), of unknown origin.

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