Isis Storm Partners and Performs at Funda Fest: Annual Black Storytellers Festival in RI, Jan 16-23, 2011

12 Jan

Join Isis Storm during Funda Fest 13, a Celebration of Black Storytelling that’s happening all across the state of RI, from January 16 through January 23.  As media and performance partners, Isis Storm will be online and in-person sharing the stories, music and cultural artistry that will be on display. Learn more about the festivities below, in the Funda Fest press release and in the calendar of events.  For up to the minute updates, information on all the performers, and for more about the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS), visit

FUNDA FEST 13: A Celebration of Black Storytelling
January 16-23, 2011

RHODE ISLAND – Rhode Island Black Storytellers, otherwise known as RIBS, hosts its 13th Annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling, January 16-23, 2011. FUNDA means to teach and to learn in Zulu and KiSwahili. For an entire week, Rhode Island will experience some of the best cultural arts programming across the state for the 13th year in a row.

“It is hard to believe that this is our 13th festival,” says Valerie Tutson, Festival Director, “We are thrilled to be able to present a week of fine cultural arts across the state, yet again, especially in this economy. We have a great week planned.”

This year’s local artists include RIBS storytellers Len Cabral, Abigail Ifatola Jefferson, Raffini, Valerie Tutson and Rochel Coleman. Again, Spoken Word, poetry and music will complement the storytelling. This year, members of ISIS Storm (Reza Clifton; Michelle Cruz; Kalyana Champlin, aka 5th Elament; Hannah Ressinger, aka B-mor 7; and Jessica Simes, aka J9) and Spittin Images (Christopher Johnson, Yunus Quddos, Lawrence Nunes, Marlon Carey) will be a part of the public performances. National guests include Derek Burrows, originally from the Bahamas; Nothando Zulu, from Minneapolis, MN; The Honorable Baba-C from Washington, DC; and Teju Ologboni, a festival favorite from Milwaukee, WI.

Click here to keep reading or to share the full press release.

FUNDA 13 SCHEDULE: January 16-23, 2011
From Westerly to Woonsocket, Providence to Newport Rhode Island

1/16: Sunday, 2 pm
Family Storytelling Concert presented by RIBS
The Westerly Armory, 8 Dixon St, Westerly, RI
Admission by donation

1/17: Monday, 11:30 am, 1 and 2:30 pm
MLK Amazing Grace featuring Rochel Coleman and Valerie Tutson
Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence RI
Free with Museum Admission

1/17: Monday, 2pm to 6 pm
9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration featuring Raffini
(and members of Isis Storm)
Stadium, Theatre, 28 Monument Sq, Woonsocket, RI.
“What Are You Doing for Others?” In partnership with St. James Baptist Church, the day will consist of a march from City Hall to St. James Baptist Church, a day of service in the community, and a celebration in which the audience will learn about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Woonsocket through storytelling and 10+ music and dance performances at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket.

1/18-1/21: Tuesday through Friday
Storytellers in the Schools
RIBS tellers and invited guests perform statewide.
For information, call Carolyn Martino: 401.721.9980

1/20: Thursday, 6-8 pm
Family Storytelling Concert
YWCA of Northern Rhode Island, 514 Blackstone Street, Woonsocket, RI
Admission: $1/children .50c/adults

1/21: Friday, 7:30 and 9:30
Spoken Word and Love Stories
Mixed Magic Theatre, 171 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI
Tickets $10 in advance, $15/door
Special Double Feature Offer (Two Shows, One Night: $25)
When Mahalia Sings at 7:30, followed by Spoken Word and Love Stories at 9: 30
Tickets available on

1/22:  Saturday, 12:30-5 PM
Free Family FUN-Day
Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence
1:00 pm-2:15 pm: Intergenerational Storytelling Workshop with Masankho Banda
2:30 pm: Family Storytelling Concert featuring storytelling and youth performers
4 pm: Story Swap: Tell your own story!

1/22: Saturday, 8 PM
Storytelling Concert and Market Place
RISD Auditorium, 17 Canal Street Providence
7:30: Marketplace opens with Cultural gifts, tellers’ merchandise and more
8pm: RIBS’ Featured tellers, ISIS Storm, Spittin Images and more
Tickets $10/advance $15/door.
RISD students free w/ID, RISD Museum members $10 w/ID at door

1/23: Sunday, 2 PM
Family Storytelling Concert
Martin Luther King Center, 20 Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport
Admission by donation


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