The Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers hosts Tales From the Porch at Cain Park tonight. And just in case the talking-animal fables dont tip you off, Some of the stories are not so real, says spokeswoman Judy Bateman. Its an old African American tradition of the South -- families would sit on the porch after supper and tell stories. Its a form of entertainment.
Tonights production features readings by folk drummer and performance artist Baba Jamal Koram, wholl combine vivid verbal imagery with customary call-and-response techniques. Its all based on the tradition [of sharing] history by word-of-mouth, says Bateman. [Koram] can take the simplest story and capture the interest of any audience. Madame Griotte also will read.
Bateman says the tales about curious bunnies and determined ancestors arent just for kids; theyre living history lessons for everyone. Its important to preserve the storytelling tradition, so our children and future generations can know and appreciate their culture, she says. It is also important to know where we come from in order to know where we want to go. We all have a story, and we must tell it to keep it alive.
Fri., July 6, 7:30 p.m.