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Emmanuela Yogolelo presents

Tales from the Congo Basin

Join storyteller and musician Emmanuela Yogolelo for a family friendly afternoon Fri 29 Oct, for children aged 1+ and their parents/carers.

Families will be able to play African percussion instruments, learn traditional songs including call and response, and hear music and stories from the region.

The Congo Basin is an amazing place. It spans 6 countries and is home to the second largest rainforest on Earth, and the world’s deepest river. It’s rich in wildlife, including gorillas, forest elephants, hippos, bonobos and okapis.

This interactive session uses music and storytelling to gently explore climate change and its links to colonialism, race and migration.

Emmanuela says:

‘Many rains/moons ago, where I come from people use to come together most evenings and before bedtime, under a tree or around a fire, to listen to adults’ telling stories and learn.

Some evenings, a grandmother would be the storyteller. She could start her story with a song, and where I come from, music is communal and participative, so everyone would join in with singing, percussions or dance.

I can tell you straight away something is happening with Mother Nature, something has been done to the environment. Just like those people in the past, you can hear our personal experiences of climate change from a justice point of view and join in the story.’

Originally developed as part of Horizons Festival and presented in association with CAN (Community Arts North West).