Awele Makeba booking
Awele (ah WAY lay) has mesmerized audiences around the world including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria; the Suriname and Costa Rican rainforest; and Tsinchu Teacher’s College in Taiwan. She is an award winning and internationally known storyteller, recording artist, educator and she’s also a Community Producer of Cultural Programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She paints pictures with words, breathes life into characters, teaches, and inspires through the power of story–personal tales, history, folklore and children’s literature. Makeba who has made it her life’s work to tell history through the words of its oft-forgotten witnesses, wrote two one-woman shows, Rage Is Not A 1-Day Thing! and I’m Not Getting Up Until Jim Crow Gets Off, in which Makeba tells the story of the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott through the eyes of four women, Claudette Colvin, Mary Louise Smith, Rosa Parks and JoAnn Robinson.
Her award winning CDs include: Tell That Tale Again, Trailblazers: African Americans in the California Gold Rush,This Land Is Your Land (Music for Little People)and The Undiscovered Explorer: Imagining York (OPB). Film credits include Supervisor Ella Hill Hutch in the Oscar award winning film, MILK directed by Gus Van Sant starring Sean Penn. Ms. Makeba’s most recent stage appearences include the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts, Omaha Storytelling Camp, and a 3rd return engagement to the Vienna, Austria Storytelling Festival 2010
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