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Political Satire and Griot

Something that interested me was the telling of stories to remember important cultural and historical events. A Griot is a “is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a leader” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griot). As this exists today, I think it can be compared to political satirists, which I found out are common on Senegalese radio shows. The article describes the comedian, Marieme Faye as “making fun” of politicians and polygamy and opening up a discussion about important topics in a lighthearted way. I think the presence and popularity of political satire is indicative of the political climate as well as the culture of story telling through creative means.

Here is a link to the article about political satire in Senegal:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/jokes-comedian-radio-tackle-taboos-170214165639777.html