CyberCamp 2002



From Griots to Rap

 

Exercises

 

I.                  The Griot? Read this article and answer the questions below

 

a.      What is a griot? ________________________________________

b.      Are griots still popular in Africa?

__________________________________________

 


II. We'll listen to a selection from The Legend of Sundiata told by  Griot Appiah.
 

III.

Your research team, a group of 3 or 4 investigators, will use the web resources provided to look at Rap/Rappers, Modern Griots,  Visual and Dance Artists.

In your your research team, each investigator will pick one subject from one column to review and answer the questions below section

 

Web Resources

        

Rap/Rappers Modern Griots  Visual Artists

                   

Biographies

Arrested Development

Kurtis Blow

Mos Def

Run DMC

Grandmaster Flash
Fugees

Last Poets

Nelly

Gil Scott-Heron

Will Smith

Tribe called Quest 

 

Lyrics

Cheer up

Ham and Eggs

Mr. Wendell

My People

 





 

 

 

 

Youssou N'DOUR

Ami Koita

Salif Keita

Ali Farka Toure (music)

Toumani Diabate

Rokia Traore (music)

Wonders of the African World Griot singer

Bob Marley

Jean-Michael Basquiat (painting)

Romare Bearden (art) (art)

Chester Higgins (photographs)

Jacob Lawrence (art) (art)

Harriet Powers

Faith Ringgold (quilts) (quilt 2)

Julia Dash (Films)

     Dancers

Pearl Primus

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

and the Urban Bush Women


Questions
 
 

 1. Name and singing or visual style ________________________________

2. What kind of storytelling? ___________________________________________

2. Important Dates __________________________________________

3. Geographical location (where work began)  _______________________

4. Interesting facts

 


 


 


 


 


 

Share your findings:
  1. Your research team should discuss the information each investigator found.
  2. Select a member from your research team to report your information to everyone in the camp.
Additional Resources

Hip Hop/Rap History
http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=F0RAP

Sundiata: Lion King of Mali | Kennedy Center for the Arts
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/aoi/events/theater/griot.html


STORYTELLING AND THE ARTS | Kennedy Center for the Arts
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/aoi/opps/spin/storyart.html

Mali: Empire of Empires |Kennedy Center for the Arts
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/aoi/events/theater/empire.html

Map of Africa | Northwestern University Library
http://www.library.northwestern.edu/africana/map/

Baobab Leaf Song | University of California, Berkeley
http://ias.berkeley.edu/orias/hero/sunjata/baobab.html

 

Introduction to Sundiata by Yacine Kouyate | University of California, Berkeley
http://www.ias.berkeley.edu/orias/hero/sunjata/video_bi.html

Sundiata Walks! |  University of California, Berkeley
http://www.ias.berkeley.edu/orias/hero/sunjata/video_ws.html