The griots were a very important to West Africa, because they would entertain who ever it was they might be telling stories to. The emperor's would probably love to hear the stories told by the griots, because everyone could use a little story once in a while. The griots were also big in West Africa, because they gave people a chance to talk to them, The griots also probaly got paied as well.
This is what my Core techer has taught us about the griots. We are currently learning West Africa in our history books. I hope that you have learned a little bit more about the griots, because they played a secial part in West African history.