Baba Jamal Koram: "Thought Provoking/Up-lifting/Culturally Relevant!"
Teach a Class Narrate a Production Conduct a Workshop Compose a Story Create/Manage a Storytelling Event Beginners Drum/Story Class Tell A Story . . .
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"We listen to the elders. . .people like you inspire me. . ."
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Storytelling Touring Programs for School and Community
Storytelling and the Healing Drum/Story
Baba Jamal Koram (center of circle) leading the closing love circle for the Smithsonian's 2009 Folklife Festival "Giving Voice, the Power of Words in African American Culture" in the Nation's Capital. In the above photo, he is telling stories onstage at the week long event
Storytelling Touring - Programs for School & Community
firstname.lastname@example.org 703.725.6593 Why Call Baba Jamal ?
Tells Stories That:
Encourage Creative Thought
Introduce and Promote the Common Courtesy Idea
Being Aware of Respecting Elders
Making and Keeping Friends/Being Happy
Understanding Afrakan Freedom Stories: Stories of Hope, Courage, Victory
. . . and more
Common Sense Approaches to Core Curriculum
School Assemblies, Libraries, Special Events, Churches Black History Events , Kwanzaa and other African American cultural events, workshops and presentations Local Community Events, Holiday Performances, Theaters, Storytelling Festivals, conferences, Drum Circles, Training Programs for detained youth, and more. . .
African Stories in de Americas/ Folktales
Under the Grio Tree/ Tales with African motifs and landscapes K-5
Baby Griots/ StoryDrum Program/Stories , Mbira and Drumming for Pre K +
"Gather around the Story Man and prepare to be enchanted. Master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram unfolds children's tales filled with the warmth of the African sun. Each conveys a lesson: of standing up for what's right, caring for our earth and its animals, and believing in the good in everyone." Discovery Theater
Length of Program 45 minutes to 1 hour Ages 4-6 and 7 email@example.com 703.725.6593 “Calm and captivating, Baba Jamal Koram captured the hearts of the audience with his rhythm, voice and drum.” - CHARLES COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram brings storytelling alive with the history, humor, music and lore of African and African-American cultures.
Blending contemporary and traditional storytelling techniques with drumming, call and response, wit and wisdom, his stories encourage youth to make intelligent choices and to improve their character.
Baba Jamal’s programs include African Stories in the Americas - folklore and mythology, and Under the Grio(t}s' Tree – lighthearted children’s stories.
From beginning to end, participants will be inspired by these tales and have fun following Baba Jamal's lead.
Recipient of National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, Baba Jamal has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, National Black Storytelling Festival, regional festivals , theaters and schools nationwide.
Mr. Koram's pedigree includes earning his formal B.A., M.S., and Ed.S. degrees. He is also conducts Residency programs and Workshops for Community Organizations, School Districts, Museums, YouthFacilities & various other organizations, libraries, & creative programs.
He is available for storytelling performances for youth, young adults, & adults. Mr. Jamal Koram is married and is the father of six children. Born in Greenburgh, NY, Baba Jamal credits his interest in African/American studies to John Harmon of White Plains, NY. -examiner.com
The healing power of words are enhanced by the tonality of the drum and the lyrical sounds of the mbira, an African instrument, as Baba Jamal delivers story and song and soothing to create an atmosphere of stillness and mutual order. . . "Aremu brought Ayanna flowers every morning. African violets; because she loved planting, growing and cultivating these beautiful flowers. . ." Every morning Aremu asked, "Ayanna, you know why I'm giving you these flowers?" "No, Aremu," Ayanna answered, knowing full well what was coming next. "Why do you give me these flowers every morning?" "'Cause I LOVE YOU!" he said . . ." This is the beginning of a folktale that Baba created. It often changes form, but never intent. . . That is, to provide another way to view stressful situations.
Baba Jamal uses simple stories to emphasize key ideas during his drum story/circle sessions. These sessions are for youth who may need the opportunity to experience another adult voice, an elder's (if you will) in their journey to finding inner calm. The drum enables them to express themselves musically, verbally and inwardly.
Three Day 1 hour sessions. Preliminary meeting with host facility/organization.
"In Africa, there is a lake that is so still and so smooth, that every morning the people that live around that lake have to touch it to make sure it's still there. . ."
Baba Jamal Koram is a Cultural Systems Development Specialist (CSD); specializing in storytelling organization development and practice, and in integrated arts programs. His primary focus, however, is training storytellers to become conscious, capable, and competent in the presentation of their art.
Storytelling Workshops for Youth
Storytelling Workshops for Professional Tellers
Storytelling Programs for Pre-Schools and K-2 Children
Baba Jamal Koram, Ed.S. The StoryMan African American Storytelling Arts Institute (AASAI) www.blackstory.org 703.684.8587/cell: 703.725.6593 firstname.lastname@example.org 3213 Duke Street, #629 - Alexandria, VA 22314