Enjoy Free Live Performances with FUNDAFEST 24!
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 Get tickets
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!
Hosted by Wanskuck Library.
Thursday, January 27 6:30p.m. with Kala Jojo Get tickets
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.
Hosted by Rochambeau Library.
Thursday, February 3 at 6:30p.m. with Antonio Rocha Get tickets
Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha’s unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA. Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award-winning DVDs, a picture book, and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network.
Hosted by Washington Park Library.
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 .