Join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary film “Prince Among Slaves,” which tells the story of 26-year-old Abdul Rahman Sori, heir to the throne of one of the largest kingdoms in Africa, who in 1788 was captured in an ambush, sold to English slavers, endured the brutal Middle Passage. Your truly is hosting.
KEWULAY KAMARA and LAURA SIMMS with
Abdoulaye Diabate, Salieu Suso, Ibrahim Camara, Nagna Kouyate, Tapani Damba Sissoko, Rene McLean and Dionne Kamara
“Women guard the water.”
Women safeguard the land”
If you know your origin
You will see your destiny
Everything in the world
Starts with water.
Traditional finah Kewulay Kamara and storyteller Laura Simms will perform sections of the dazzling epic Mansa Milli Milli (“The Place of Turning Water”) from Northern Sierra Leone, a country where they both have strong familial connections. Accompanied by dancers and musicians, the two will weave folktales, myth and contemporary encounters with the sacredness of water into this central story. Expect an evening of enchantment as stories and storytellers interact, as drums, other instruments and human bodies add their wordless commentary.
March 6, 2012
Cathedral of St. John the Divine