Tonights production features readings by folk drummer and performance artist Baba Jamal Koram, wholl combine vivid verbal imagery with customary call-and-response techniques. Its all based on the tradition [of sharing] history by word-of-mouth, says Bateman. [Koram] can take the simplest story and capture the interest of any audience. Madame Griotte also will read.
Bateman says the tales about curious bunnies and determined ancestors arent just for kids; theyre living history lessons for everyone. Its important to preserve the storytelling tradition, so our children and future generations can know and appreciate their culture, she says. It is also important to know where we come from in order to know where we want to go. We all have a story, and we must tell it to keep it alive.
Fri., July 6, 7:30 p.m.