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Singing Storytellers


Interview with Kassé Mady Diabaté


February 6, 2017

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…


Donovan Shirt performs traditional Cree dance


May 26, 2016

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.


Kazakh bards featured in tonight’s ICTM concert!


July 16, 2015

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!


Singing Storytellers – Sunjata Story – featured on BBC!


June 29, 2015

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!


Bards of the World CBC podcasts!


May 21, 2015

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.


Singing Storytellers -Edited Collection


May 20, 2015

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…

Listen to Singing Storytellers PODCASTS online!


May 6, 2015

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.

Singing Storytellers Edited Collection – Call for Submissions Posted!


April 30, 2015

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…

LISTEN TONIGHT to CBC's Island Echoes: Singing Storytellers…Contemporary Cape Breton Song


March 7, 2015

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…

African Heritage Month – Bards of the World CBC podcasts!


February 20, 2015

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…