Singing Storytellers: The Lives, Music and Verbal Artistry of Bards in our World http://singingstorytellers.ca A multi-faceted research and public outreach program Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:01:09 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Interview with Kassé Mady Diabaté http://singingstorytellers.ca/interview-with-kasse-mady-diabate/ Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:40 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=53518 Continue reading ]]>

This interview and recital was shot in September 2015 at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, where Kassé Mady Diabaté performed with his group composed of his cousin, Lansiné Kouyaté(balafon), Badjè Tounkara(nkoni) and Balaké Sissoko(Kora), all jaliw or Mande oral artists. This exchange illustrates the process by which they change the repertoire they inherit from their forebears and adapt it to their time and needs. Chérif Keita is seen in the role of the host(patron) or jatigi of the visiting artists. As a noble or horon, he is expected to be as generous as his own ancestors in their patronage(jatigiya) for the artists. This is all the more necessary as Kassé Mady’s family has been connected to Chérif’s family for decades.

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Donovan Shirt performs traditional Cree dance http://singingstorytellers.ca/donovan-shirt-performs-traditional-cree-dance/ Thu, 26 May 2016 17:25:40 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=53507 Continue reading ]]> Rapper and motivational speaker Donovan Shirt from Edmonton, Alberta, was recently spotted performing a traditional Cree dance on a moving escalator! Donovan participated as part of Singing Storytellers in October 2014 in Cape Breton. In an article published on April 29th, 2016, CBC News notes that the video was shot by Gary Moostoos, a well-known Indigenous cultural advisor in Edmonton, at the LRT platform beneath Commerce Place as the group waited for a train. To watch the video, please click on the article link above. To learn more about Donovan Shirt, visit our Media section at singingstorytellers.ca!

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Kazakh bards featured in tonight’s ICTM concert! http://singingstorytellers.ca/kazakh-bards-featured-in-tonights-ictm-concert/ Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:28:27 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=35840 Continue reading ]]> It’s been a wonderful first day at the International Council for Traditional Music World Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan at the Kazakh National University of Arts! You can read more about the opening events at this website on the blog. Tonight we were treated to a spectacular concert showcase of Kazakh National U of Arts student and faculty (including the Provost!). Performances by singing storytellers were featured in the concert so I’d like to share a concert photo with you. This student ensemble, led by their teacher, a woman, in playing an instrument that appears to be have been played, historically, by male performers only (much like the bandura it seems)! For more videos (including a bardic performance), follow me on twitter @m_ostashewski and check out the blog on my website at marciaostashewski.ca!image

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Singing Storytellers – Sunjata Story – featured on BBC! http://singingstorytellers.ca/singing-storytellers-sunjata-story-featured-on-bbc/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:53:16 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=33220 We are so proud to have had the Singing Storytellers “Sunjata Story” filmic material previewed in London, England at a SOAS conference on identities last week! LISTEN to Cherif Keita tell us about the story during his recent interview on the BBC!

Hawa Kasse Made Diabate, Fode Lassana Diabate, Professor Cherif Keita performing at the Singing Storytellers Symposium.

Hawa Kasse Made Diabate, Fode Lassana Diabate, Professor Cherif Keita performing at the Singing Storytellers Symposium.

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Listen to Singing Storytellers PODCASTS online! http://singingstorytellers.ca/singing-storyteller-podcasts-now-online/ Wed, 06 May 2015 10:44:20 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=20658 Podcasts of Singing Storytellers Symposium presentations and performances are now online on our website! Find them here – and share them with your friends and colleagues.

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Singing Storytellers Edited Collection – Call for Submissions Posted! http://singingstorytellers.ca/singing-storytellers-edited-collection-call-for-submission-posted/ Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:33:48 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=19344 Continue reading ]]> One of the legacy components of Singing Storytellers research and public outreach project is an edited collection that includes scholarly articles and transcriptions of interviews with artist/practitioners – a critical dialogue between academic and practitioner perspectives. This edited collection will be published through McGill-Queen’s University Press (MQUP). See here for the full “Call for Submissions” – deadline for proposals, 15 June 2015.

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LISTEN SUNDAY NIGHT: Songs of Truth on Blue Grotto 97.5 http://singingstorytellers.ca/listen-sunday-night-songs-of-truth-on-blue-grotto-97-5/ Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:34:04 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=7997 Continue reading ]]> Listen this Sunday night, March 15th to the Blue Grotto on CKJM FM Coopérative Radio Chéticamp – 97.5 FM in Cape Breton, 9pm-midnight Atlantic Time! Host Myron Syms will be playing some of bard Julian Kytasty’s music from the Singing Storytellers CD production Songs of Truth!

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LISTEN TONIGHT to CBC’s Island Echoes: Singing Storytellers…Contemporary Cape Breton Song http://singingstorytellers.ca/listen-tonight-to-cbcs-island-echoes-singing-storytellers-contemporary-cape-breton-song/ Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:30:16 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=6992 Continue reading ]]> Listen TONIGHT online or over the airwaves at 8 – 9 pm Atlantic Time to Wendy Bergfeldt’s CBC Island Echoes: a special Singing Storytellers feature, “I Wish I Was With Them Again’: Diasporic Longing in Contemporary Cape Breton Song” by Amanda Daly Berman (Boston University).

Check back frequently to the Singing Storytellers website – for news and notifications of podcasts, for new films and other ongoing project activities.

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African Heritage Month – Bards of the World CBC podcasts! http://singingstorytellers.ca/african-heritage-month-bards-of-the-world-cbc-podcasts/ Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:59:43 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=3605 Continue reading ]]> Check out these two new podcasts that include concert recordings from Singing Storytellers performances! Drawing on footage from the fall 2014 concerts and new interviews, CBC’s Wendy Bergfeldt created two Island Echoes shows: Bards of the World Part 1, and Part 2 – featuring Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté and Lassana Diabaté. And – if you are currently in London! – you’ll want to check out a concert involving these two extraordinary Malian musicians, at the RNCM, Feb 26th, 2015!

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Sad news: Sydney’s Polish Church has burned http://singingstorytellers.ca/sad-news-sydneys-polish-church-has-burned/ Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:08:30 +0000 http://singingstorytellers.ca/?p=794 Continue reading ]]> Many Singing Storytellers participants and community audience members will remember the exquisite concert of Croatian traditional music performed at St. Mary’s Polish Parish in Whitney Pier. Sadly, today, this beautiful church that was more than a century old, has burned. Our hearts go out to the members of the Parish. More details here on CBC.IMG_5483

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