The Gift of Story
TAHIRA performs stories of hope and humor, triumph and tragedy drawn from TAHIRA’s diverse repertoire of original works and those based on the West African Oral Tradition. In this program, TAHIRA opens with an introduction of the call and response style of singing. “Call and response” is a requested or spontaneous verbal and nonverbal interaction between the performer and the audience. The major theme in this program is the role of stories and storytellers in the recording of historical events.
Clever spiders, signifying monkeys and grinnin’ buzzards are just some of the intriguing characters in the Folktales told by TAHIRA. Family audiences around the country have remarked how inspiring, as well as entertaining TAHIRA’s folktales are.
This storytelling program provides a history of Kwanzaa, an African American cultural holiday which is celebrated from December 26 to January 1. In addition, the meaning of the seven (7) principles and symbols of Kwanzaa are explored through story and song.
Young People, Difficult Choices
The program utilizes stories and guided exercises to demonstrate to young people, the impact of life’s choices. It involves an in-depth discussion on issues youth face such as peer pressure and resolving personal conflict.
TAHIRA is a storyteller, poet, vocalist and musician with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University’s School of Communication and Theatre. She has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil!
Since 1996, TAHIRA has been a fulltime performing and teaching artist. Whether performing her original works or her vast repertoire of stories from the African oral tradition, she brings to her audience messages of courage, hope and spiritual strength. Blending, song, poetry and story in a high energy performance TAHIRA captivates and enthralls audiences in schools, libraries, festivals, community events and senior centers.
TAHIRA has been a Featured Teller at various storytelling festivals around the country including the prestigious “In The Tradition..” Festival & Conference held by the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. (NABS).
TAHIRA is honored to have served on the NABS AdoptATeller roster since 1995. TAHIRA is the 2000 Recipient of the Delaware Division of Arts Fellowship in the Established Professional category for her outstanding contributions to Oral Literature.TAHIRA is an advocate of using the arts to bring about social change says, “My mission as an artist is to shed light in dark places to reveal the brilliance of the human spirit.”
TAHIRA credits her mother for giving her the courage and support to pursue her dreams and her father for instilling her love for her culture. Whether performing her original works or her vast repertoire of stories from the African oral tradition, she brings to her audience messages of courage, hope and spiritual strength. Blending, song, poetry and story her high-energy performance delights listeners of all ages. TAHIRA is an advocate of using the arts to bring about social change. “My mission as an artist is to shed light in dark places to reveal the brilliance of the human spirit.” Her multiple talents enable TAHIRA to deliver a unique program that includes a heapin’ of the spoken word, a fistful of soul-stirring vocals, flavored with rhythmic guitar and pulsating drumming for good measure.