Friday, July 10, 2015

West African Storytelling Drummer in Literacy Park

This week's Summer Reading program, Every Hero Has a Story,
features West African storytelling drummer, Habiba Addo. All children and families are invited to attend this free program at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 15 in Literacy Park. Like all Library programs, it is free to all who want to come.

A native of Ghana, Habiba performs an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and drumming. Her stories will introduce the audience to heroes in their own world as well as those far, far away.

She performs stories from the continent of Africa and its diaspora to inspire, entertain and provoke thought. She lives her art through continuous study and practice, combining her knowledge and deep appreciation for these cultures with her natural talent for storytelling and prodigious vocal abilities.

Anyone who has witnessed her performances will testify that she blends her sense of humor with extremely genuine respect and love for these revered traditions. Abiba teaches and performs with infectious joy and adept technical accuracy. She has performed and taught the local community in dance, storytelling and theater through companies such as Miracle Theater, Northwest Afrikan American Ballet and Portland State University.

These programs are paid for by Ready to Read grant money from the Oregon Legislature with additional support from the Sylvia Beach Hotel, Ross and Janis Neigebauer, Jeannette Hofer and Newport’s Umpqua Bank. Look here for more information about Addo’s show or other summer reading presentations.

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