Presenting knowledge in a fun and refreshing way. Imagine! World History lessons in 3 minutes 40 seconds, or less! I take the facts and figures of dusty, old books and present them through fresh beats and hooks.
Wait! What’s a Griot (Gree-o)?
Griot is a catch-all term for the myriad of traditional oral historians throughout Africa. Traditionally, this is a hereditary profession in many African societies. Griots recite both written and oral histories as song.
I started this journey as a sort of street busking professor. I‘d answer random History questions from passersby. After busking in London, Melbourne (Australia) and then South Carolina, I finally recorded some responses. The COVID-19 pandemic forced me to take questions and share videos via social media.
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Having spent time on all continents
(except Antarctica), I know the importance of travel. I’ve been blessed with brilliant elders. I’ve had gifted teachers, and the good fortune to learn History from the common people of the world.
The untold story is vital. Just Ask A Griot.
I answered two separate questions as one with this episode.
1. One person wanted to know:
“Why is that map of pre-colonial Africa
(by Nikolaj Cyon) upside-down?”
2.Someone else, who was pretty sure that the Earth is flat, asked: “why do you think the Earth is a globe, if ancients believed it to be flat?“
Some people would laugh at him, but do they understand the answer? Can they explain rather than ridicule? -AskAGriot
This episode was written at the request of my good friend.
Once while busking in Columbia, SC. Someone overheard me speaking Spanish and asked,
“Are you Dominican?” I shook my head, “no.” “Oh,Panamanian?” Again, I shook my head. ”Where are you from?” I answered, “La Florida.”
I was once misunderstood to be a “Kulcha Vulcha.” So, I replied by discussing some very “Pacific Topics“, as told to me by friends and family in the South Pacific.
Here again, I answered multiple questions with one episode.
1. I was asked about racism amongst British Royalty.
2. I was asked, “were the Irish really enslaved?”
3. I was asked to do a song involving the British Windrush generation.
How much pressure would it take for you to turn against your neighbors? Sadly, the answer has historically been, very little pressure.
I was sent a message by someone doubtful of common Human ancestry. Well, in case you didn’t know, all people have their earliest origins in Africa. We’re all cousins, close or distant.
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