Silence. Total blackout. Even the moon disappears for a long minute. The barely visible faces in the crowd hold their breath. Suddenly, a loud scream comes from behind me. For a moment, my heart races faster. “Jowi! Jowi! Jowi!” a solitary voice calls in the darkness. The call is picked by the shadowy figures crouched
Africa has a long tradition of practicing oral storytelling. Stories were told by grandparents and parents around the fireplace for different aims – entertainment, as a way of teaching genealogy, history of the community, to caution, advise among other reasons. There were also griots that were specialized in this art, whose trade was telling stories.
#MeetTheStoryteller Episode 7 Name: Seung Ah Kim From: South Korea *** *** *** Seung Ah, what made you want to be a professional storyteller? 2007 and 2009 were the most important years to me. In 2007, during a study trip to Toronto I attended part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival, and was surprised to find
March 20th is marked as World Storytelling Day. It is also marked as the International Day of happiness. Coincidence? I don’t think so! Started in Sweden in the early 90s, the practice of celebrating it with performances of oral storytelling has spread across the world, with many countries currently observing the day. In Nairobi, John
#MeetTheStoryteller Episode 6 Storyteller: Mshai Mwangola From: Kenya **** **** **** Karibu sana Mshai. Please describe your kind of performance. As a performance scholar, I understand “performance” to be a way of making meaning, a path of exploration into knowing. My kind of performance is characterised by three things: it emphasises the potential of the