Linda HumesArt Form(s):
My work is in the tradition of the West African oral historian. These storytellers used folklore, music, and song to document, celebrate, encourage, and teach. When the French went into West Africa, they coined the term "Griot," referring to the one who traveled with word and song. I take "story" to the stage and beyond. I work with story as a literacy tool, as a healing vehicle, and as a way to celebrate the universality of what it means to be human. In the tradition of the "Griot," the "Jali," I tell stories from around the world and conduct workshops for children and adults to connect to the universal story and to create their own powerful stories.
Linda H. Humes is the founder/artistic director of the not-for-profit arts-in-education organization Yaffa Cultural Arts, Inc., in New York City. She has appeared in numerous commercials, television, and film projects, and was the entertainment reporter for PM Magazine. Linda is currently an adjunct professor in the Mass Communications Department at Medgar Evers College. She is accompanied by world-renowned master percussionist Sanga of the Valley. Sanga was the lead drummer for the legendary Babatunde Olatunji and has performed and recorded with an impressive list of artists, including The Grateful Dead, Airto Morea, Flora Pura, and Santana. Both Linda and Sanga perform and conduct workshops nationally and internationally.