Griots (praise singers) are the nucleus of Gambian culture and tradition. They hold the social fibre of Gambian traditions as far back as centuries ago.
Their role in the Gambian arts and culture cannot be measured. They serve as historians, of birth, death, important events etc.
Griots in the Gambia also play the role of media during crises between different communities and within families.
Also as entertainers, griots play vital roles during wars before the coming of the Europeans as they motivate warriors by reminding them of their lineage and traits of their ancestors.
In this arts and culture segment, our Banjul correspondent Sankulleh takes a look at the roles of griots in Gambian society.