A Season’s Griot
A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally-syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 16 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captured the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples. This year's program featured "Stories from the Neighborhood." With folktale, song and poetry, Wilson and friends recalled the wonderful days of growing up in his home town of Wilmington, N.C., during the 1940s, '50s and '60s — a time when growing up was fun. Wilson presented traditional and original works of poetry, music and prose that speak to the institution of family, the security of community, and the unspoken and spoken principles and values of the black community. There were tall tales from the playground, street corner symphony, jive talk, fiery Sunday morning impressions and much more. Familiar and favorite elements of A Season's Griot also returned, with plenty of music and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.