FAQFrequently Asked Questions
What led you to becoming a professional storyteller?
Prior to committing to the path of becoming a professional storyteller, I was a consulting executive for the City of Los Angeles. Without going into too much detail, I was living two lives (one as a top level consultant for the city and another as a community volunteer). A seriously traumatic event occurred at my work place that shifted the way I chose to view the world. I sometimes talk about this with audiences. Suffice it to say that I’ve never looked back and am extremely at peace with my choice to live this phenomenal existence. If you are interested in scheduling a performance, please fill out the Booking Form and someone will be back in touch with you.
Why is Storytelling so important to you?
The interactivity of the listener/speaker relationship is fascinating to me. If you actually pause a moment to think about it, we take so much in our lives for granted that we often fail to realize what miracles we human beings really are. The art of captivating the eyes, ears, mind and spirit through word play and sound is a discipline that appears so simple to the passive observer, yet it is a task exceptionally complex and difficult for anyone to master. Storytelling has the power to transform the way we think, communicate and interact. Through storytelling, whether you partake by way of reading, watching movies/television, conversing, etc., you become engaged in an activity that is affecting your mind, your outlook on life, how you see the world and your relationships. If you are interested in scheduling a performance, please fill out the Booking Form and someone will be back in touch with you.
Do the robes you wear have any significance?
I wear the traditional robes because of their innate beauty. Most of us are only accustomed to seeing what are termed “primitive” forms of other cultures. There are many very refined and classical traditions extant throughout the continent of Africa. The robes are formal attire worn by both men and women during festive occasions. Their meaning is not only aesthetic but richly symbolic, as well. If you are interested in scheduling a performance, please fill out the Booking Form and someone will be back in touch with you.
What is a typical performance like?
There is no such thing. An audience dictates the type of performance I will do, the type of story I will tell or the repertoire of music I will perform. It is sometimes difficult to convey how involved the training of the craft is and how performances are defined. The Western concept of “audience” is nonexistent and each person present is an active participant in the performance and its direction. If you are interested in scheduling a performance, please fill out the Booking Form and someone will be back in touch with you.
What’s the language you’re singing in when you perform?
The language you usually hear me singing in when I’m performing is known as Bamana or Bamanakan. It’s primarily spoken in Mali, West Africa but is closely aligned with other West African Languages (Mandinka, Maninka, Malinké, and Dyula are a few). I speak at about an intermediate level.
How many languages do you speak?
I speak a total of four languages (Spanish, French, English and Bambara), but I am “always” striving to increase my depth as a storyteller and linguist by learning more of other languages. If you are interested in scheduling a performance, please fill out the Booking Form and someone will be back in touch with you.
How much does it cost to book you?
Because I perform everywhere, in almost “any” type of venue from living rooms to stadiums, what I charge depends on a host of variables. I recommend that people contact me directly so that I can ascertain their needs and we can usually find a way to meet one another’s needs. Click here to go to my Booking Form, fill it out and let’s begin the conversation.
How can we find you on Social Networks?
On Facebook I’ve got two pages, one a regular Friends Page where I reached to 5, 000 friends limit and another Artist Page. If you’d like you can follow me on twitter. I belong to a lot more social networks some in Spanish, some in French, so just send me a Message if you want to connect via another network. If you are interested in scheduling a performance, please fill out the Booking Form and someone will be back in touch with you.