MADAFO is “MY FRIEND”
Madafo is a Storyteller and Musician. His stories speak from an African experience and are told in the tradition of the “Griot” – those individuals responsible for keeping the History, Traditions, Principles and Values of the people, alive and vibrant.
Madafo is a master musician and has collaborated with artist throughout the diaspora. He combines traditional and contemporary percussion instruments to accentuate the imagery created by the listener…and, with chant, demonstration, characterization and audience participation, takes his audience on a fun-filled, therapeutic, educational and enchanting journey. Madafo’s story presentations breathe life into the age-old art form.
For more than four decades, Madafo has been contributing to the forward movement of his community; coordinating Kwanzaa celebrations, creating Mentoring Programs for African American Youth and serving as Director of several community based Children’s Theater and Summer Arts Programs. He has also produced Storytelling Festivals; (A Christmas Telling and Word Up), appeared on stage, in movies and is the writer/co-producer/host of the only Public Radio International (PRI), Kwanzaa program (A Season’s Griot), featuring African American Folklore.
Madafo’s first CD of folktales, poetry and music, “Telling In The Spirit,“ continues to receive critical acclaim, as it showcases his wide range of talent, as a storyteller and musician. His self-published children’s story book, “The Greedy Hyena“ is a wonderful retelling of an ancient African fable; brilliantly illustrated and fun to read.
Madafo performs for schools, library systems, cultural festivals, conferences, churches, weddings, funerals, family reunions…in concert halls, museums, studios, nightclubs and under shade trees. His performances and workshops are ageless, and informative, as they speak to all cultures and ethnic groups.