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Funda Fest 18  
Funda Fist 18

FUNDA means "to teach and learn" in Zulu and KiSwahili

FUNDA offers the best in cultural "edu-tainment"


Providence, RI—Rhode Island Black Storytellers, otherwise known as RIBS, invite you to join them in the 18th Annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling, January 18-24, 2016. FUNDA means to teach and to learn in Zulu and KiSwahili. For an entire week, Rhode Island will experience some of the best cultural arts programming across the state for the 18th year in a row.

2016 Invited National Guests are:
Queen Nur Karen "Queen Nur" Abdul-Malik, is a nationally renowned storyteller and teaching artist. Sharing her gift, she has performed in venues from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to Equity Theater on Broadway, from the National Black Storytelling Festival to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro. She has been the recipient of the Mid Atlantic Artist as Catalyst Grants for her work with Teens-at-Risk and Women's Shelters and the National Storytelling Brimstone Grant for her innovative community-based programs. The mother of three and grandmother of two, Queen received her Master's in Arts in Cultural Sustainability from Goucher College, and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Harvard Law School. Queen has recorded 2 CDs. "Sweet Potato Pie and Such," is an IParenting Media Golden Award Winner. "Live and Storified," for teens an up, was recorded at the Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center in Camden, NJ. Current President of The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc
Teju Teju Ologboni, from Milwaukee, is a master storyteller and folklorist of international renown and FUNDA FEST favorite. Teju draws his listeners into stories with gestures and movements, and sometimes with traditional African instruments. An author, teacher, poet, actor, dancer and "verbal illusionist" Teju shares stories that reflect on longstanding and contemporary cultural perspectives to give listeners greater understanding of the profound influence of African heritage on our traditions and identities. Come listen to this culture keeper and be enlightened and inspired.




len Len Cabral, is a nationally acclaimed storyteller and author who has been enchanting audience since 1976.His strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of Cape Verdean, African and Caribbean tales.
Ramona Ramona Bass Kolobe, "The Watermelon Lady", is a "story wheeler." Miss Ramona brings her traditions of storytelling from her Jamaican and Native American ancestry together with her formal education to create works that open up the treasury of healing and understanding. Watermelon is a fruit of peace, friendship and sharing good times - all around the world!
Raffini Raffini, a self-made artist, actress, and teacher from the South Side of Providence has long been committed to the community, teaching Black History, and theatre, telling stories and nurturing the spiritual and creative abilities of youth.
Valerie Valerie Tutson, has traveled in Africa, Europe and North America to gather and share stories. Her repertoire includes myths, folktales, historical and personal stories with an emphasis on African traditions. Listen to her, and you, too, will be singing Zulu!
Rochel Rochel Garner Coleman, actor, singer, storyteller, has been performing since he was 9 years old. He travels nationally and internationally sharing stories of Black historical legends such as Nat Love and Cool Papa Bell in shows developed using the research to performance method.
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