Join storyteller and musician Emmanuela Yogolelo for a family-friendly performance.
Join in singing, clapping, body percussion, and hear music and stories from the Congo Basin. Emmanuela Yogolelo, who was born in DR Congo, shares just what an amazing place spanning six countries it is. The Congo Basin is home to the second-largest rainforest on Earth, and the world’s deepest river. It’s rich in wildlife, including gorillas, forest elephants, hippos, bonobos, and okapis. Emmanuela’s performance is inspired by a research and development trip she made to DRC this summer.
This interactive performance uses music and storytelling to gently explore climate change and its links to colonialism, race, and migration.
“Many rains/moons ago, where I come from people use to come together most evenings and before bedtime, under a tree or around a fire, to listen to adults telling stories and learn. Some evenings, a grandmother would be the storyteller. She could start her story with a song, and where I come from, music is communal and participative, so everyone would join in with singing, percussion, or dance.”
“I can tell you straight away something is happening with Mother Nature, something has been done to the environment. Just like those people in the past, you can hear our personal experiences of climate change from a justice point of view and join in the story.”
This performance will be followed by a Q&A with Emmanuela and artist-activist, Kooj Chuhan.
This will be a thought-provoking discussion about how colonialism, conflict, race, and migration connect with climate change.
Given these themes, this Q&A may not be suitable for very young children.
Originally developed with HOME as part of the Horizons Festival.