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Storytelling Festival Begins Monday

Grand Island Independent (Grand Island, NE) , January 13, 2005


The seventh annual Kearney Storytelling Festival, Winter Tales 2005, will begin on Monday and will continue through Jan. 22.

The six-day event will feature the talents of national tellers Dan Keding of Urbana, Ill., and Awele Makeba of Oakland, Calif.

Keding, a storyteller and ballad singer, has been entertaining audiences of all ages for nearly 30 years. As a boy, he heard stories at the knees of his Croatian grandmother. Now a storyteller of international acclaim, he is best known for his telling of traditional world folk tales, stories of his boyhood adventures in Chicago, ghost stories and finely tuned original pieces.

An accomplished musician, Keding accompanies himself on banjo, guitar and spoons in addition to his singing voice. He has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain and Ireland.

Makeba spins magical folk tales in a dynamic and powerful way that draws from a rich tradition of family history, humor and lore. Makeba brings life and layered meaning to real-life stories, including a lesson in pride and strength that a wise grandmother teaches a young African-American girl visiting the segregated South of the 1960s.

Stories will be told at schools, businesses and churches in Buffalo County throughout the week.

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