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GRIOT is a booking agency touring international artists like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ray Lema, Ladama, Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks, Bombino, Vieux Farka Touré, Fuel Fandango, Iyeoka, The Amsterdam Klezmer Band and many others.

Griot has a long history with artists from South Africa:
we toured the late Miriam Makeba, have been Hugh Masekela's European booking agency for the last 20 years of his career, organized events with Johnny Clegg & Nelson Mandela, produce shows with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ray Lema and are involved in the European success of bands like Freshlyground or artists like Bombino.

Apart from booking concerts GRIOT also produced special events for companies, NGO´s and the German Government. The agency has been in existence for over 25 years and during this time has organised several thousand concerts, lectures, theatre plays, exhibitions and events with artists and VIPs such as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Johnny Clegg, Papa Wemba, Veronika Feldbusch, Johannes Rau, Hugh Masekela, Francis Bebey, Gerhard Schröder, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker etc.

Our current artist roster reflects the best of 25 years and a number of true new talents - our main focus is on the following genres:
* ALTERNATIVE - Bombino, Iyeoka, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks, Moonlight Benjamin, ...
* WORLD & JAZZ - Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ray Lema, MoZuluArt, Toko Telo, ...
* SOUTH & AFRICA - Ba Cissoko, Vieux Farka Touré, Soweto Soul, Congo Cowboys,...
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GRIOT devised the cultural concept for the Africa Pavilion at the Expo 2000 and was in charge of realization, management and artistic direction of the cultural programme. During that period the agency organised some 500 concerts, 70 workshops and 25 exhibitions in the Africa Pavilion and for the Global House. No other agency in Germany - working exclusively with artists from the Southern hemisphere - ever did a project of that dimensions before.
As a producer of special events for companies, NGO´s and the German Government, GRIOT organised the cultural events for the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (Bonn Beethovenhalle), BMZ & GTZ (Altes Wasserwerk & Frankfurt Hoechst Jahrhunderthalle), Misereor (NRW Kunstsammlung), The Africa Gala of the Deutscher Bundestag (Paul Löbe Haus Berlin) and the One World Exhibition at the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, Berlin Shopping Mall and many, many other events.


participating in

  • WOMEX 2023
  • WOMEX, Digital Edition, feat. Budapest Ritmo
  • WOMEX 2019
  • WOMEX 2018
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2011
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009
  • WOMEX 2008
  • WOMEX 2007
  • WOMEX 2006
  • WOMEX 2005
  • WOMEX 2004
  • WOMEX 2003
  • WOMEX 2002
  • WOMEX 2001
  • WOMEX 2000
  • virtualWOMEX


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