Sunday, July 17, 2016

Drums, stories and dancing in Literacy Park

Newport Public Library's On Your Mark, Get Set . . . READ! summer reading program brings West African drumming storyteller Habiba Addo back to the coast this week. She performs in Literacy Park at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 20. All children and families are invited to attend this free program offering everyone a chance to learn some drumming licks.

A native of Ghana, West Africa, Habiba offers an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with drumming, singing and movements. Her stories will encourage the audience to explore their own world as well as those far, far away. Addo performs drumming 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 music, storytelling and her prodigious vocal abilities. Wednesday's audience members will be given empty ice cream buckets to drum with and, after the show, decorate.

 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. Addo teaches and performs with infectious joy and adept technical accuracy. She has performed and taught the local community in drumming, dance, storytelling and theater through companies such as Miracle Theater, Northwest Afrikan American Ballet and Portland State University.

 Habiba will also perform at four other Lincoln County libraries; Wednesday, July 20, she will be at Waldport Public Library (10 a.m.)and Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City (6:30 p.m.). On Thursday, July 21, she will be at Toledo Public Library (11 a.m.) and Siletz Public Library (1:00 p.m.).

These programs are paid for by Ready to Read grant money from the Oregon Legislature and the Lincoln County Library District with additional support from Thompson’s Sanitary Services, Inc., LaQuinta Inn and Suites, D Sands Condominium Motel, Ross and Janis Neigebauer and Jeannette Hofer.

Look here for more information about Addo’s show or other summer reading presentations.

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