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Songs and Stories of African People

Join Shanta Nurullah, Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, and Old Town School teaching artist for a family event celebrating the songs and stories of people of the African Diaspora. This interactive event will celebrate the histories, cultures, and resiliency of people of the African Diaspora.

From the moment she moves onto the stage, Shanta encircles her audience in an unforgettable experience of creativity and culture. Shanta’s performances feature not only stories, but also poetry, chants, and the spellbinding sound of African instruments. Melding the work of her own creative spirit with African folktales and contemporary African-American perspectives, Shanta’s stories stimulate imaginations and touch hearts.

Shanta has been performing professionally as a musician since 1972, and as a storyteller since 1978. She has been featured on the National Black Storytelling Festival numerous times, and has appeared on the National Storytelling Festival, the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, and the Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Las Vegas Storytelling Festivals. Shanta has mentored several Chicago area tellers, and currently serves as a teaching artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

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