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Igniting A Passion For Storytellers

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Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS)

Is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, educational, and cultural experiences.

Annually, RIBS presents FUNDA FEST:
A Celebration of Black Storytelling. This much anticipated and highly visible event is the flagship RIBS program and reaches a statewide audience of several thousand.


The week long celebration is observed from Martin Luther King birthday (Monday) through the following Sunday, every January. Tellers present a variety of performances and workshops throughout the state of Rhode Island, from school performances for K-12 to intergenerational and family work shops, to evening spoken word and storytelling concerts for adult audience



Saturday, October 29, 2016

Workshop and Community sing with Ysaye M. Barnwell

Ysaye Barnwell

There is an awesome power in the human voice and when uncommon voices are blended for the common good, they become a 'vocal community' at its best. Masterfully led by Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition and singing rhythms, chants, traditional songs from Africa and the Diaspora, and a variety of songs from African American culture including spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, and songs from the Civil Rights Movement.  All that is required is a willingness to sing!


Sponsored by Providence Department of Art Culture & Tourism, and LISC, in partnership with RIBS, CommuniSong and The Ruach Singers


One Day, Two Events with Ysaye M. Barnwell

Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island

393 Broad St, Providence

Building A Vocal Community ~ A Workshop

10 am- 4 pm - $25 (lunch on your own)

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-vocal-community-workshop-tickets-27986713012

Community Sing

7 pm-9 pm

$5 suggested donation

For tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-community-sing-with-ysaye-m-barnwell-tickets-27986207500













































Sunday, October 30, 2016







  • Funda Fest 19, 2017
  • 2017 Sponsors Needed Smile


Funda" means "to teach and to learn" in Zulu and KiSwahili. FUNDA offers the best in cultural "edu-tainment."
This much anticipated and highly visible event is the flagship of RIBS programming and reaches a statewide audiences of thousands.
Each January for the week of the Martin Luther King Holiday, RIBS tellers, local artists and invited national and international guests bring the best of Black Storytelling to Rhode Island and Southern New England
New Dates
January 14-21, 2017
FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling
For more info/join our mailing list and friend us on Facebook.

Thank you for supporting this effort!

There are three ways to donate and become a part of RIBS.

With the PayPal option you can donate any amount you feel comfortable with. Simply click the link above and you will be directed to our PayPal account.
Send a text to 729725 (PAYPAL). Specify the amount and add RIBS' email address: ribstorytellers@verizon.net.
Click and PRINT donation card, fill it out - mail to specified address on the card.

   »Become a RIBS sponsor please use our contact form or call: 401-421-7427.
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