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Mali’s Griots See a Role in the Peace Process

Mali’s griots - the traditional historians, story tellers, poets and musicians - say they have a role to play as the country struggles to heal from conflict. With negotiations ongoing in Algiers between northern separatist rebels and the Bamako government, famed singer Khaira Arby and her fellow griots think their country needs to have lasting peace. When Mali was divided by the 2012-2013 Islamist occupation, Arby said, the country’s griots appealed to politicians to focus on...

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