Akwaaba! Welcome!

 "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together"

African Proverb 

For 27 years KOTC Storyteller/artist members have served the tri-state of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Individually, we have represented as Keepers Of The Culture Storytellers for communities around the world. 

Thousands have enjoyed us individually and collectively in schools, organizations, festivals, corporate and social gatherings. 

Keepers Of The Culture artist/storytellers, offer customized storytelling, literary, educational and entertaining workshops, performances, lectures  and events.

We invite you, to invite KOTC to present as a collective, or any of our individual artists to your community, as we all continue to share the glory of African and African American storytelling.  



Keeper Of The Culture 

Keeper of the African Diasporic culture.

I keep it through the telling

The telling of our stories.

Our Stories. Our Stories. Our Stories.

Reflecting our culture and 

The history of our People, I say

The history of our People..

Throughout the entire world

Our mission is to 


Entertain & Validate

Reinforce & Reinstate

The Truth of who WE are.





The Truth of who we are

The Truth of who we are

We are KOTC

(c) 2018 Wanda Gigetts, Founding Member

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Ghanaian Adinkra symbol for a house of security, safety & unity.    

KOTC Mission Statement

Keepers  Of The Culture, Inc. KOTC, or ("Khotsi") of Philadelphia is a  non-profit, educational, cultural art organization which seeks to  perpetuate the African and African-American oral tradition. We recognize  that traditional African storytellers - griot's - were the true "Keepers  Of The Culture." 

The griot's role as historians of the community helped  people maintain a strong, positive sense of self and a clear  understanding of the values of the community and the individual's role  in the community. The storyteller/griot presence insured that the history, culture  and values of a people would be passed on in their own words.    

We  intend to highlight, reinforce and pass on the history and culture of  African-Americans and their antecedents, to educate and nurture  individual and collective self-esteem and foster pride of culture in our community-especially in our children.

 Our objective is to do this by  offering performances, workshops, seminars, mini-festivals and  collaborations with other cultural arts organizations and artists of  various disciplines in the Philadelphia area. 

The Griot (gri' oh)

We are Poets, Historians, Advisors, Spokespersons, Diplomats, Peace-makers, Praise-singers, Interpreters, Translators, Musicians, Composers, Teachers, Warriors, Witnesses. A Griot is sometimes called a Jali in Mali. Both men and women can be griots.

Irma Gardner-Hammond, President 2017-2019

L-R: Pauline Cohen, Storytelling Irma (president 2017- 2019), Charlotte Blake Alston, Caroliese Frink-Reed, Phd, Queen Nur, Denise Valentine

KOTC Officers 2018


Irma Gardner-Hammond 


Wanda Gigetts


Nashid Ali


Ron Carter 



Oni Lasana

Keepers Of The Culture is an affiliate of NABS

The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.

In 2016 KOTC hosted The National Association of Black Storytellers Inc's 34th Annual Storytelling Festival and Conference!

24/7 - 365

We support these principals in our community. 

Dance! Drum! Sing! Tell A Story!

Our storytellers enrich, educate, enlighten & entertain, everyone, everywhere!

Listen up! For the finest storytelling on the planet!

At The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival & Conference

 The  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK STORYTELLERS INC.& Co-Host: North  Carolina Association of Black Storytellers  invite you to attend the "In  The Tradition..." 36th Annual National Black Storytelling Festival  & Conference, Oct 31- Nov 4, 2018, "Weaving Tales From The Dismal  Swamp to Moral Monday Marches", in Cary, North Carolina!

Read more about our theme here at NABS TALKING


GriotWorks - Stories In Service

Check out this great video! 

Asante Sana (thank you)...to Joslyn Duncan of GriotWorks for organizing and capturing this memorable event in Philadelphia. Featuring Keepers Of The Culture's gifted & talented storytellers, musicians and artists.

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We offer the latest storytelling news you can use, to enrich you, your repertoire and community!

MONTHLY : 2nd Saturday


JULY 14 : August 11 : September 8 : October 13 : No November Meeting  : December 8

10:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Voice:  267-761-1433



"Bring a friend, a story, a poem, a song, musical instrument & sound the drum! 

Join with KOTC to share the glory of our story!



310 South 48th Street, West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143


 AYA the Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. 

"An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty." 

(Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary)

With YOU : KOTC grows!

KOTC is a non-profit organization. 

Your generous tax-deductible donations will fund our mission. 

Your support will also allow us to bring quality arts-in-education programs to under served schools and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and in the PA, NJ, DE tri-state area.

KOTC accept checks or money orders via  KOTC  P. O. Box 15083, Phila. PA 19130.

ALSO, for your convenience feel free to securely submit your debit or credit card membership payments or a donation by clicking on the PAY PAL  button below. 

Asante Sana - Thank you!

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