Griots In Concert
African Tradition of Storytelling and Drumming
Continuing the African tradition of storytelling and drumming, Griots in Concert creates a charming, inspirational, educational and motivational performance presenting stories, music and song from Africa, the Caribbean and America. Griot (pronounced gree-oh) is the French term for a West African oral historian or storyteller. In the spirit of this rich tradition, “urban griot” Linda…
Continuing the African tradition of storytelling and drumming, Griots in Concert creates a charming, inspirational, educational and motivational performance presenting stories, music and song from Africa, the Caribbean and America. Griot (pronounced gree-oh) is the French term for a West African oral historian or storyteller.
In the spirit of this rich tradition, “urban griot” Linda Humes shares African, Caribbean, and African diaspora stories while encouraging students to become storytellers of their own experience. She is accompanied by master drummer, Sanga, who provides a powerful heartbeat to each story she tells.
Linda H. Humes is the founder/artistic director of the not-for-profit arts-in-education organization Yaffa Cultural Arts, Inc., in New York City. She has appeared in numerous commercial, television, and film projects, and was the entertainment reporter for PM Magazine. Linda is currently an adjunct professor in the Mass Communications Department at Medgar Evers College. She is accompanied by world-renowned master percussionist Sanga of the Valley. Sanga was the lead drummer for the legendary Babatunde Olatunji and has performed and recorded with an impressive list of artists, including the Grateful Dead, Airto Morea, Flora Pura, and Santana. Both Linda and Sanga perform and conduct workshops nationally and internationally.
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Griots in Concert is a charming and motivational program that celebrates the griot. Combining storytelling and drumming, African “griots” (a French term for storytellers) guard the history and culture of their people. Through this program, Linda Humes and a talented musician keep this vital oral tradition alive.
International Drum Month
Black History Month
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