Structural racism, under-appreciation, inequitable distribution of artistic / cultural funds, tourism, climate change / global warming, and gentrification, today, grade high as the main causes of erasure and whitewashing of the prevailing/resisting Gulf South BIPOC traditions and cultures. Having its start at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, The GRIOT Series is a project based on heritage, equity, and cultural relevance. Its main focus is to uplift, reaffirm, and celebrate the musical legacy and wisdom of older Black New Orleans jazz musicians whose livelihood has been greatly affected by the commodification/gentrification of local music over the years.
The griot, is an essential figure in the culture of many Western African societies as the individual responsible for the continuation of oral tradition and cultural mythology of his/her/their people.
2020-21 Carl LeBlanc: New Orleans' 7th Ward Modern Jazz Griot + "Purple House" (release date Oct 2021)
2021-22 "The Griot Series Vol. 1" featuring Dorise & George Blackmon, and Juju Child (release date Dec 2022)
2022-23 Juju Child: The Bluesman who plays Zydeco (release date Aug 2023)
The pilot project with Mr. Carl LeBlanc in 2020-21 rendered a two-hour long film, and an album entitled "Purple House".
The second installment 2021-22 featured three artists: bluesman baba Roosevelt Williams Jr. aka Juju Child; the guitarist and songstress Dorise Blackmon, and her brother the jazz singer and audio
engineer Gio Blackmon.
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