I owe an enormous gratitude to West Africa and all of the musicians that I’ve had the honor of playing with; they have been my teachers and still are. I was always interested in finding out where the blues came from and everybody always said that it came from Africa, but nobody explained to me exactly how. I feel very lucky that I was able to immerse myself in that culture as deeply as I have and that I’ve been accepted as an honorary griot. What qualifies you to be a griot is the ability to improvise and to express emotion and tell a story. I hope people who listen to this music enjoy it as much as I do.
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