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Baba the Storyteller & Kora Musician

Baba the Storyteller & Kora Musician

11 reviews

About Baba the Storyteller & Kora Musician

There is no limit to the type or size of audience for whom traditional West African harpist Baba the Storyteller performs. The diversity of his creativity is infinite. Whether telling tales in English, Spanish or French, Baba tailors his stories to the needs of those assembled. There is no artistry comparable to the unique productions Baba has to offer.




Review by Tony W.

By Tony W. on November 28, 2010

He was very professional, very punctual, and he did an awsome job. I would reccomend him to anyone.

Hired as: Storyteller

Review by Aminisha T.

By Aminisha T. on September 29, 2010

Baba's presentation was excellent. His playing and knowledge of the cora is exceptional. His storytelling was engaging. I would recommend him to anyone requesting his type of entertainment.

Review by Michael L.

By Michael L. on September 10, 2010

Baba gave a lively seminar at the National Storytelling Convention. His topic was marketing yourself online. I took lots of notes and have been referring to them since. He kept all of us engaged. His voice was gentle and his presence felt genuine. I got a lot of value out of his presentation.

Review by Kevin C.

By Kevin C. on September 8, 2010

Baba the Storyteller was able to combine music, honesty, story, and integrity in a business workshop. Most of all, he was able to show the personal side of promotion while honoring the responsibility of storytelling. I recommend you take the time to listen to Baba, he has much to offer!

Review by Alicia V. S.

By Alicia V. S. on September 8, 2010

I can't say enough about how wonderful it is to work with Baba. I have booked him for events for over 11 years- and he has always exceeded expectations. He is professional, kind, dynamic and authentic. He speaks to all ages. I highly recommend Baba.

Hired as: Storyteller

Review by Elaine M.

By Elaine M. on September 8, 2010

Although I was only to stay for half of Baba's workshop, it was well worth the time. Baba realizes that "communication" is what storytelling is all about and all about where our business is. He offered creative out of the box approaches to marketing the storytelling business.

Hired as: Arts/Entertainment Speaker

Review by Aquinas L.

By Aquinas L. on September 7, 2010

If you are looking for positive cultural educational entertainment, I strongly recommend Baba the Storyteller & Kora Musician.

Baba performed at my school several times over the past ten years. Each year we host several assemblies and educational entertainment for the entire school and Baba the Storyteller was always our most highly anticipated performer by both students and staff. He is an amazing griot and beautiful Kora musician who will have you fully engaged in all of his stories no matter your age.

The graduating class of 2010 was fortunate enough to have seen Baba perform several times over the years and when asked what some of their most memorable student experiences were over the years, Baba the Storyteller was at the top of most of those lists. He definitely left a positive impression on the children and teachers and seeing him perform was an experience that they will not soon forget.
He is a total pleasure to work with and his commitment to his craft is evident. Do not miss out on experiencing Baba the Storyteller.

Hired as: Interactive Performer, African Entertainment, Interactive Performer, Storyteller

Review by Ericka C.

By Ericka C. on September 7, 2010

I hired Baba the Storyteller and Kora Musician for several Family Night events at the Burbank Public Library. His stories are captivating, he has an excellent rapport with children and adults, and he knows how to handle a crowd with class and wisdom.

Hired as: African Entertainment, Storyteller

Review by Dan R.

By Dan R. on September 7, 2010

Baba the storyteller has been bringing African culture to the Los Angeles area for at least 10 years, that I know of. His contributions are much appreciated and I hope Baba continues his sensitive, enlightening, entertaining storytelling with a message. He goes deep and shares/heals us with the wisdom of the village, intermingled his message with the sweet sounds of the African kora. Thanks so much for your much needed presence in this sometimes fast paced, selfish world.

Review by Michael D. M.

By Michael D. M. on September 7, 2010

I've had the joy of working with Baba the Storyteller for many years. When I began organizing the National Storytelling Conference I knew that I wanted him to kick it off and get the conference on the 'good foot' right away. And did he ever. Participants were mesmerized and excited by his performance. A group of young men from a juvenile facility were clearly inspired and captivated. He is indeed 'all that'.

Hired as: Interactive Performer, African Entertainment, Folk Singer, Harpist, Storyteller, World Music

Review by Rebecca H.

By Rebecca H. on September 6, 2010

Baba the Storyteller has performed at my school each Sept.since 1999. He is an anticipated visitor each year. He brings fresh entertainment and education and the students get a chance to interact with him in a way that is thoroughly rewarding. I engage him each year to begin my curricular studies. He checks in with me to make sure he is on topic and to see if I have new requests of him.

Hired as: Interactive Performer, African Entertainment, Arts/Entertainment Speaker, Educational Entertainment, Folk Singer, Narrator, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 120 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Insurance: $1 million - typical performance liability insurance, certificate available upon request.
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish, Other


The din of an awaiting crowd is broken up by the gentle tones of an ancient harp. A deep, resonant voice sings over the delicate vibrations of its’ twenty-one strings as Baba the Storyteller walks onto the stage. The audience unites in anticipation of an experience sure to accompany the beautiful music capturing their attention. A bond is forming.

The audience and storyteller are now companions on a journey through which tantalizing tales and mesmerizing music will serve as guides. Adults reunite with the familiarity of their imaginations, while children are enthralled by the joy of a new experience that is mysteriously calming and exhilarating at the same time. Baba’s performance is as easily accessed by the young as it is appreciatively nuanced for the young at heart. A peaceful, relaxed atmosphere full of smiles and laughter has been shared as the journey ends where it began, with stories and music. Each departs renewed with a sense that they have just participated in a truly beautiful and memorable experience.

Additional Booking Notes

Baba is a self-contained artist, touring small and medium sized venues with his own sound system, microphones and equipment. His performances are adaptable to almost any environment from living rooms, coffee shops to theaters both large and small. Performances space is not an issue as he may perform walking amongst an audience or from a stage. For smaller crowds and groups acoustic performances are offered.


Baba has received numerous honors and awards for his work as a folklorist, traditional musician, storyteller, community activist and volunteer. He has been contracted as a consultant, performed for, and/or lectured at such institutions as:

• Barnes & Noble Bookstores
• California Youth Authority
• Los Angeles Natural History Museum
• Boeing Company
• University of Warsaw Poland
• US Customs and Border Patrol
• J. Paul Getty Museum
• Museum of Latin American Art
• Orange County Performing Arts Center
• Aquarium of the Pacific
• Los Angeles County Museum of Art
• Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
• San Jose Unified School District
• University of California Long Beach
• Chapman University
• California Association for Bilingual Education
• Los Angeles Unified School District
• Long Beach Unified School District
• International Pan African Film Festival
• San Diego Public Library System
• University of La Verne
• French American Schools Los Angeles
• Public Corporation for the Arts
• Orange County Unified School District
• Claremont Colleges
• John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
• Cerritos Performing Arts Center
• Public Corporation for the Arts
• City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs
• County of Los Angeles Library System
• California County Superintendents Educational Services

Baba has presented in, literally, thousands of organizations and institutions both private and public. He is recipient of a certificate of recognition by the California State Assembly for his use of creative use of storytelling and commitment to community in working with troubled teens. Baba was also awarded the Distinguished Arts Award, Artist of the Year, City of Long Beach California. This awarded was presented to Baba by the Mayor of the City of Long Beach California and administered by The Public Corporation for the Arts. Baba has also received commendations for his artistry from both the US Senate and US Congress.

The team providing the talent:

Baba the Storyteller

Kora Musician and Teller of Entertaining Tales

Set List

Tailored to the needs of the client but will always include engaging, interactive and humorous narrative/stories, traditional West African harp music, improvisational audience interaction and singing in the West African language of Bambara.

Influences & Inspiration


Setup Requirements

Access to a functioning electrical outlet near the performance area


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