Storyteller Baba Jamal Koram plays the kalimba at a past Bowl of Beans Benefit in Arcata in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jose Quezada — For the Times-Standard)

African-American master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram will weave a tapestry of words and music Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 24 Fellowship Way in Bayside.

Intertwined in his stories are insights, impressions and thoughtful commentary. Since he will be telling children’s stories all week long in area schools, this is his opportunity to address a mostly mature audience. The North Coast Storytellers will open the event with varied stories. The suggested donation is $10.

Koram brings storytelling alive with the history, humor, music and lore of African and African-American cultures. Blending contemporary and traditional storytelling techniques with drumming, call and response, wit and wisdom, his stories encourage people to make intelligent choices and to improve their character.

A recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award, Koram has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, National Black Storytelling Festival, regional festivals and schools nationwide.

Koram was raised in an international community and reared in the strong traditions of the American South. Introduced to African resources at an early age, he has continued to learn, share and teach the culture and importance of the people from this socially dynamic continent for over 20 years. His distinctive Afri-centric approach to the art of storytelling enables him to pass on cultural values that are traditionally African, inherently African-American, but that speak to the entire human family.

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