Ras Griot

Ras Griot

A Griot (Gree-Oh) by his or her very nature is a portal through time--A gatekeeper between the past and the present.  The Griot's function is to transfer and preserve cultural knowledge, history  and wisdom.   In West African tradition the Griot serves as a member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain oral history.  Respected for their wisdom Griots also serve as arbitrators and advisors.

 

Ras Griot's poetry is rooted in the tradition of African storytellers.  In his debut publication, Dreams of Liberation, Ras Griot tells the experience of African people in America addressing internal struggles of self-hate along side external struggles of strutural racism.  Ultimately this collection shares the hope of African redemption through the reclamation of African culture.

 

Ras Griot's poetry has been featured in 'The Journal of Pan-African Studies and Howard University UGSA's The Omowe Journal. He also performs his work live as a spoken-word artist and traditional Griot storyteller.  Ras Griot is a dedicated family man and active participant in the Pan-African movement.  He is a gradutate of Howard University in Washington, DC and currently resides in Baltimore, MD