Griot Featured Artist of The Week

Griot is a multinational rock band formed by musicians João Pascoal and Sérgio Ferreira in 2014.
Griot’s sound evokes a style of progressive rock that explores and creates different textures and soundscapes. The bands song-writing style revolves around self-published literature included in each album’s concept.

According to Wikipedia
griot (/ˈɡri./French pronunciation: [ɡʁi.o]), jali or jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a societal leader due to his traditional position as an advisor to royal personages. As a result of the former of these two functions, he is sometimes also called a bard.

According to Paul Oliver in his book Savannah Syncopators, “Though [the griot] has to know many traditional songs without error, he must also have the ability to extemporize on current events, chance incidents and the passing scene. His wit can be devastating and his knowledge of local history formidable”. Although they are popularly known as “praise singers”, griots may use their vocal expertise for gossip, satire, or political comment.

Griot recently released Gerald a concept album portraying the journey of Gerald, a man with many questions and fewer answers. It’s an immersive journey about himself and something more, something grand, something new…


Concept by:
João Pascoal, Sérgio Ferreira

Artwork by:
Maria Branco, Sérgio Ferreira

Written by:
João Pascoal, Sérgio Ferreira

Instrumentation by:
João Pascoal, Sérgio Ferreira

Recorded by:
André Roque, Gabriel Marques (Bliss Recordings), João Pascoal, António Branco, Alexandre Veiga

Mixed / Mastered by:
André Roque, João Pascoal

João Pascoal – Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, Composing (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Sérgio Ferreira – Drums, Percussion, Composing (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Nuno Aleluia – Vocals (tracks 1,3,4 and 5)
António Branco – Backing Vocals (tracks 1,3,4 and 5)
Pedro Marques – Backing Vocals (track 5)
Eduardo Ferreira – Violin (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Carolina Resende – Violin (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Rita Fernandes – Violoncello (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Paulo Bernardino – Clarinet (track 3)
Andy Panayi – Tenor Saxophone (track 2)
André Loureiro – Flute (tracks 2,3,4 and 5)
João Baião – Acoustic Steel String Guitar (track 3 and 5)
Alexandre Veiga – Electric Guitar (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Filipe Salgueiro – Electric Guitar (track 5)
Bruno Miguel – Electric Guitar (track 2)
Vikram Shankar – Synthesizer (track 1)
Diogo Santos – Moog Synthesizer (track 5)
André Barros – Piano, Composing (track 5 introduction)

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