A Season's Griot 2008

Thu, 01/01/2009 - 10:00pm

Host Madafo Lloyd Wilson

A Season's Griot 2008, airing Thursday, January 1 at 10 p.m. on AM 1370 and WXXI-FM HD 91.5-2, is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 16 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

This year's program features "Stories from the Neighborhood." With folktale, song, and poetry, Wilson and friends recall 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 presents 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 are 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 return, with plenty of music and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.

*For a complete schedule of holiday programming visit, wxxi.org/holiday.