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Join us for a live virtual FUNDAFEST storytelling performance with Kala Jojo, hosted by Rochambeau Library.
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
Kala Jojo is a folklorist, self-styled musician, storyteller, and touring artist. Kala Jojo brings a lifetime of training and experience to every community event and school residency he encounters. Kala is extremely proficient at connecting his story-art format with school curricula. Kala holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and has taken graduate courses in early childhood development/education. Currently, he is a music teacher at the Harambee Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. His background includes community work, New African drumming classes, Cultural productions, Rites of Passage programs for boys 6 to 14 years old, Storytelling workshops, and ongoing collaborations with educators and artists.
Kala Jojo performs sensitive, interactive, and thought-provoking compositions. Weaving songs and dittys born of African heritage into stories of cultural diversity, healing, conflict resolve, and side-splitting humor. He has delighted audiences throughout the U.S.A. He has an enviable approval rating among the young and older fans.
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 .