The Oral Tradition from Africa to Hometown USA

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Tuesday July 23

6:00 PM  –  8:00 PM


Delve into the rich history of storytelling through a discussion of the oral tradition in both Africa and the United States with Jeannine Osayande, a teaching artist, choreographer, and performer of West African dance (Mali Empire). Osayande will demonstrate ways in which this tradition continues into the present, through her personal experiences with elders in her neighborhood. 

The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the lecture at 6 p.m. and a reception to follow. 

Jeannine Osayande is an award-winning performer, educator and choreographer of West Africa (Old Mali Empire) and Brazilian (Samba and Bahian) dance. She is the founder and director of Dunya Performing Arts Company, specializing in artist residencies throughout the area. She has performed throughout the U. S. and internationally, and has taught at the University of the Arts, Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College and Usinus College. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from Temple University, and a Certificate in Traditional and Contemporary African Dance from Noyam African Dance Institute and the Ghana Board of Education.

Tickets for events hosted by the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art are non-refundable.