Gaye Adegbalola (from the album The Griot available on Hot Toddy Music/Vizztone Records)
A griot is a traveling poet, musician, and storyteller who carries the tradition of oral history to parts of West Africa. That is the role that Gaye Adegbalola accepts as The Grioton her recent album release. The Griotbegins its message on the first cut as “Nothing’s Changed” points out the current trauma and turbulence of humans seeking a better life is a tradition rather than a modern-day anomaly. Gaye Adegbalola airs “Dirty Sheets” on a thick Blues rhythm, faces haters with a shuffling boogie in “Don’t Criticize Me”, scratches her head with the wonders of the world for “Ain’t Technology Grand”, and points fingers at wagging tongues in “Lierrhea”.
Beginning her teaching career in the early 1970’s, Gaye Adegbalola was an educator for eighteen years, moonlighting during her teaching years as a musician, and founding member of Saffire – Uppity Blues Women, performing and traveling with the group for twenty-five years until they disbanded in 2009. Clutching a solo career with a cause Gaye Adgebolola stands proud for taking a knee in “Kaepernicked”, takes a shot at environmental disasters with “(You’re) Flint Water”, and refuses to yield in the fight of “FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)”. Gaye Adegbalola utilizes the oral history tradition, speaking of the past through her own present in the title track while The Griothonors musical traditions with a cover of Bessie Smith’s “Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl”.
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