Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble presents Griots: Celebrating a Compilation of Dallas’ Cultural Storytellers of the African Diaspora
“Griot” is a French word that originated in the 13th century from the Mande empire of Mali, West Africa and, for centuries, they have told and retold the history of the empire, keeping their stories and traditions alive. The Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble will pay homage to an array of Dallas’ key artistic and cultural storytellers such as Erykah Badu, Vicki Meek, Michelle Gibson, Baba Hassan, the late Afiah Bey, Bandon Koro’s own Tony Browne and Nana Kweku, and more.
Through sensory immersion in traditional West African drum, dance, cultural ceremonies, and a spectrum of inventive artistic expressions, they will honor, highlight and navigate the pathways of cultural lineage to keep the history of the African Diaspora in the Dallas-Fort Worth area everlasting.
This production is part of AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project.