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Visiting Authors: Baba the Storyteller

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Djeliba Baba the Storyteller has been a touring artist, educator, and professional speaker for more than 30 years and is one of the few recognized U.S.-born practitioners of the ancient West African storytelling craft known as Jaliyaa. He has received numerous awards over the years for his work as a folklorist, musician, storyteller, and community activist.

Baba has presented in thousands of schools and other institutions all across the world. He is also a recipient of a California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for his creative uses of storytelling and his commitment to the community in working with young people. The City of Long Beach California recognized him as their municipality’s Artist of the Year, an award presented to him by the Mayor. He has also earned additional commendations from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress.

Currently, Baba tours internationally as a cultural educator, sharing his unique style of griot work with schools, NGOs, and public/private institutions.

Source: “Media Resources.” Baba the Storyteller, 11 Dec. 2022,

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