Griot | Storyteller | Fiber Artist | Writer | Actor
gri·ot  noun  gri·ot  \ ˈgrē-ˌō \
1. any of a class of musician-entertainers of western Africa who performances include histories and genealogies
Visual Performance
vanessa johnson - noun/van - essa/ jon sun / 1. Griot. Storyteller.
I am a Griot, a Teller of Tales!  I Tell through my story performances, one-woman shows, mixed media quilts, plays, short stories, and I sing tales with my storytelling band, Matie Massie!   

I tell traditional tales from Africa, from African-American culture, and from the African Diaspora.   My tales of Social Justice include the Voices of the Enslaved and of Abolitionists who fought against slavery in the United States.  
I lend my voice to the Diverse Activists of the Women's Rights Movement and of the Civil Rights Movement.

I Tell Earth -Justice Tales and share biographical tales of living as an African-American Woman in the U.S. and part-time in Ghana.  

My storytelling band Matie Masie (Twi for “I listen, I understand.”) tells and sings stories to original music, rooted in African American musical traditions; Spirituals, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, and Hip Hop. We collaborate with writers to turn their work into sung performance.