A World of Stories

October 21, 2016
Mandjou Koné from Mali shared the art of traditional storytelling accompanied byCAIS eighth graders had a front row seat and a peak inside the mind of a master storyteller accompanied by live drumming. 
Music and Movement teacher Susan Kennedy shared, “As part of UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances program, Mandjou Kone, a griot (traditional storyteller) from Mali visited our 888 Campus to demonstrate the storytelling artistry that she learned as part of a family of griots. She guided the eighth graders through storytelling exercises while accompanying them on the African Balafon. Ms. Kone was joined by master musician Michael Mpyangu, who is expert in West African and Caribbean musical traditions. Both artists have performed and taught internationally.”
Their visit is part the eighth graders’ study of meaning and lineage in music worldwide.

Ugandan musician Micheal Mpyangu (back) accompanied on drums.