Artist Interacting With Students

Baba Jamal Koram: The StoryMan

Master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram brings storytelling alive with the history, humor, music and lore of African and African-American cultures. Blending contemporary and traditional storytelling techniques with drumming, call and response, wit and wisdom, his stories encourage youth to make intelligent choices and to improve their character. Baba Jamal’s programs include African Stories in the Americas – folklore and mythology, and Under the Griot’s Tree – lighthearted children’s stories. From beginning to end, participants will be inspired by these tales and have fun following Baba Jamal’s lead. Recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award, Baba Jamal has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, National Black Storytelling Festival, regional festivals and schools nationwide.

Calm and captivating, Baba Jamal Koram captured the hearts of the audience with his rhythm, voice and drum.

– Charles County Public Library

Baba Jamal Koram was wonderful!!! The stories he told were entertaining and educational. He really captured the audience’s attention, the students were very engaged, and he had great rapport with the students and adults! He was also a very nice man. We would definitely recommend him to other organizations.

– PTA President, Woodbridge Elementary School (BCPS)

Baba Jamal was tremendous! The students and the staff were so enthusiastic about his visit. We could have listened to him for hours. One of our fourth grade boys even asked him if he could “come back again tomorrow.” What a gift his visit was for all of us!”

– Lorraine Bentley, School Library Consultant, St. Andrew Apostle School

Baba Jamal is a very engaging performer! You could hear a pin drop during his performance.

– Library Associate, Rockville Memorial Library (MCPL)

Storyteller Baba Jamal Koram was raised in an international community and reared in the strong traditions of the American south. Introduced to African resources at an early age, he has continued to learn, share, and teach the culture and importance of the people from this socially dynamic continent for over 20 years. His distinctive Afri-centric approach to the art of storytelling enables him to pass on cultural values that are traditionally African, inherently African-American, but that speak to the entire human family. Jamal Koram, B.A., M.S., Ed.S., is a graduate of the State University of NY and UVA.

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Baby Griot’s Drumming Circle

Drumming and stories for young children.

Preschool Performances: Single $375
All Other Audiences: Single $450/Back-to-Back $625

African Stories in the Americas

Stories, songs and call-and-responses from the African Diaspora. Includes stories from throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, India, the United States and more.

The Choices We Make

Stories, poems and proverbs help middle schoolers consider good life choices.

Under the Griot’s Tree

These tales range from animal stories to true accounts and each one contains a moral message, or a “life lesson,” be it from Aesop and African Wisdom or from actual historic accounts. Knowledge will spread from Under the Griot’s Tree.

Single $450/Back-to-Back $625

Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.

Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Audience, Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Children & Families, Adults

Art Forms, Storytelling, Theatre

Program Type, Performance, Workshop, Residency

Curriculum/Theme, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages, Character/SEL

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