Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group


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23rd Annual Family Day 2019

Jambo Mama Africa!

Paul D. Best - Egypt - Tit 4 Tat

Free Library of Philadelphia

Sundays On Stage

23rd Annual Family Day 2019

Jambo Mama Africa!

Mama Dee - Nigeria - The Leopard Woman

Free Library of Philadelphia

Sundays On Stage Series

2019 Keepers Of The Culture, presented JAMBO MAMA AFRICA! at the Free Library of Philadelphia main branch.  Shani Carrington tells a story from Benin.

In 2017, our founding member CHARLOTTE BLAKE-ALSTON delivers on the importance of storytelling at a TEDx talk in Wilmington, Delaware.

In 2008, KOTC member, JOSLYN DUNCAN founder of GRIOTWORKS produced a promo short for the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival & Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Theme: "Celebrating Heroes and Sheroes of Freedom"

Our 22nd Annual Family Day 2018 "Ain't It Funny" Creative Director, Oni Lasana presents a ANANSI SONG with KOTC drummers. Mama Nzinga as Aesop's milkmaid dancing with a shy little one.  

KOTC's Life-member, NASHID ALI  Call & Response at GriotWorks, Stories in Service 2010

KOTC & NABS Co-founder, LINDA GOSS, speaks on her life as a storyteller. 

KOTC's Life-member, QUEEN NUR tells her version of the Hispanic folktale, "Good To Know A Second Language" @ TEDx talk, Philadelphia, Philadelphia.

KOTC's Co-founder CAROLIESE FRINK REED, Phd., tells the folktale, High John The Conquerer @ KOTC's Family Day October 2015

KOTC's Co-founder, JANICE "JAWARA" BISHOP tells her Grandfather's  stories at Stories In Service,  a GriotWorks Production

KOTC'S Co-founder, WANDA GIGETTS @ Family Day

October 2015

Family Day 2018 "Ain't It Funny" our Family Day theme.

Aesop Song : Chorus by Diane Ferlatte, Poem by Oni Lasana

Performed by Oni Lasana &  Onochie Odenigbo aka "Young Brother O" 

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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)

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