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Songs and Stories for Kwanza


Kwanzaa tales

Let us pull together and celebrate the Seven Principals of Kwanzaa.*

Sing and clap along with April as she teaches you songs in Zulu (Zimbabwe) and Akan (Ghana). Using uplifting folktales from African, the Caribbean Islands and African-American traditions and others, April tells the stories that help to illustrate one or more of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.

Learn about Dr. Maulana Karenga's legacy and of Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith) through stories and songs. A must for any Kwanzaa celebration, this show is informative and entertaining.

Or why not have April come and do a Unity Workshop with your youth or adult group!


Kwanzaa storytelling

April will lead your group through a series of challenges with activities that are fun, energizing and make you think. Participants will listen, think, share and get tell their own stories. We will sing songs and use African proverbs that help us to understand the meaning of the Seven Kwanzaa Principals.

*Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Kwanzaa is celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January.


Storytelling, New York

The kinara holds red, green, and a black candle which represent the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. A new candle is lit each day of Kwanzaa, beginning in the center. April explains the Seven Principles and the meaning of each candle's color.

Sample of Kinara with Kwanzaa candles


Turn up the Music!

April will bring a live musician (or two!) with her to join in the celebration. Please ask about an affordable fee for a two or three person show for your event.

Kwanzaa stories

April and Ayodele Maakheru tell stories at Queens, NY school


Unity Workshop

Storytelling, New York

Workshop with Students and Parents and April, 2012

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