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Providence Community Library is proud to partner with Rhode Island Black Storytellers to present three, free live virtual performances as part of the 24th Annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling, January 22-30, 2022.
Thursday, January 20 at 6:30p.m. with Chetter Galloway
Thursday, January 27 6:30p.m. with Kala Jojo
Thursday, February 3 at 6:30p.m. with Antonio Rocha
ABOUT THE STORYTELLER:
Virginia native Chetter Galloway grew up hearing his father tell stories on Sunday road trips. One of his favorite stories was The Talking Skull, a West African cautionary tale where a man loses his head! So, it’s no wonder that his background is rooted heavily in the African oral tradition. Chetter is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Master of Arts degree in Storytelling. He has performed at venues such as the National Blacks Arts Festival, National Association of Black Storytellers Festival, National Parks Service, the Smithsonian and collaborated with schools through Young Audiences.
Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia and is a member of Toastmasters International. Chetter is also an avid runner who enjoys creating stories while he’s running! Engaging and entertaining, he invites you to Feel the Rhythm and Live the Story!
FUNDA means to “to learn” in Zulu (one of the African languages spoken in South Africa). RIBS chose this name for the festival because storytelling is the most ancient way peoples of African descent (and other cultures as well) passed on history, traditions, and cultural knowledge. Not only that, it looks like FUN!
In 2022, RIBS will host the event virtually, again, live on zoom. Some events will be hybrid with a live stream to a virtual audience.
RIBS will present 9 different programs over 8 days, beginning with the kick-off event on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 2pm, an International Storytelling Concert.
With over 25 Black storytellers from the African Diaspora, experience the many ways Black folk pass things on via the oral tradition. Hear music, poetry, spoken word and stories: true and personal stories, folk and fairy tales, myths, legends and historical pieces. There will also be opportunities for YOU to get involved: participate in a storytelling workshop, compete in the ever-popular Liar’s Contest, or enjoy Community Flavors, a virtual potluck where we will gather at the zoom room table to share stories and food, followed by a virtual dance party!
For more information, and the full festival schedule, visit fundafest.org .