The history of the African Griot is said to stretch back as far as thousands of years and not only do they pass oral history down, they are also responsible with keeping the records as well. They were also one of the most notable figures in West African cultures and usually held positions in high courts among kings. These Griots would have been the people who passed down the folklore tails!
P.S: There is so much more on African Griots on the web and many videos on youtube it is worth checking out! I first learned about African Griots in an English Class in College! Check it Out.
Griot by Leroy Campbell