Spoken-word artist performs at Rock Valley Feb. 9 for Black History Month

February 8, 2012

Online Staff Report

Spoken-word artist Shanta Nurullah will perform at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Rock Valley College (RVC) Student Center Atrium as part of the college’s Black History Month celebration.

Nurullah will perform From Anansi to Brer Rabbit — Trickster Tales from Africa and the Americas.

The event is free and open to the public.

In traditional African societies, the storyteller was often the historian, as well as the culture-bearer. West Africa’s most vivid, intriguing and enduring character is the trickster, Anansi. Follow the travels of Anansi from Africa to the West, where Anansi’s antics and themes are found in Brer Rabbit tales, often told on Southern plantations. These stories of small spiders and crafty rabbits served to entertain and empower those who were using all of their spiritual and mental resources to survive their oppressive conditions.

Nurullah invites audiences to listen, laugh and ponder the role of the trickster in folkloric traditions.

Nurullah has been performing as a musician, storyteller and actress since 1972, presenting concerts and workshops in educational and cultural institutions across the country and abroad. She has released several recordings and won numerous awards, including the coveted Artist Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council (2001). She has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival, the National Festival of Black Storytelling, National Geographic, Columbia University, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

For a complete list of RVC Black History Month events, go to www.rockvalleycollege.edu/blackhistorymonth.

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