Stories and Songs in the African Oral Tradition

  • Charlotte Blake Alston | Stories and Songs in the Oral Tradition


For hundreds of years throughout the African continent, stories were the way the beliefs, mythology, cultural identity, history, and shared community values of a people were taught and preserved. Charlotte Blake Alston uses her melodic and mesmerizing voice to breathe life into contemporary and ancient tales alike, accompanying her stories with thumb piano, djembe, and 21-string kora. This program draws upon the rich stories, songs, games, and music that are the hallmarks of the African and African-American oral traditions.

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Price & Info


Assembly Price: $840

Assembly Two-in-a-Row Price: $1,190

Travel Fee: $75 per day (virtual and on-demand programs are not charged for travel)


Audience Limit: 250

Program Length: 45 min.

Appropriate For Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th



Arts Appreciation Month

Black History Month

Character Education Month

Music in the Schools Month

National Arts & Humanities Month

Reading/Poetry Month

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

Language Arts Literacy

Visual & Performing Arts

World Cultures


Technical Requirements

Microphone (with amplifier and speakers), chair, drinking water. Dressing room.