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Jan is one of Britains outstanding female storytellers, performing in theatres and festivals the length and breadth of Europe. She was born in Manchester to Jamaican parents. Inspired by recordings of 'Miss Lou' (Louise Bennett) she came to telling stories in 1986. She rapidly gained an international reputation for witty and exhilarating performances. She has a powerful singing voice and can seize any stage.Specialising in folktales from West Africa, North Africa, the Arab world and the Caribbean, her repertoire is full of tales of powerful women and her versions of Ananses exploits are definitive. She is closely involved with projects that will develop a new generation of British storytellers of African and Caribbean descent.
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Old Woman, The Buffalo and The Lion of Manding, The
Hunters, kings and women of power become entangled in prophecy, mythology and insult in one of the most exciting birth-of-a-hero tales in the world - The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary of the great West African Malian Empire. In this epic performance of majesty, humour and passion, acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake is accompanied by the virtuoso, award winning Sereba brothers whose dramatic song and music cradles the story in an evocative and exhilarating soundscape. This inspiring tale reaches across centuries, from its origins in thirteenth-century Africa to the conflicts in our own time when its telling is forbidden.
written by Jan Blake, Kouame Sereba, Raymond Sereba
The Crick Crack Club
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60 min story telling
Male: 1 Female: - Other: musicians
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