Never Say That You Know

During my apprenticeship in the craft of Jaliyaa, I’ve often come into contact with an issue that, honestly, used to totally confuse me. Whenever I was involved in direct learning with an elder or someone more knowledgeable than me, prior to the session, a peer or...

Maintaining Connections

I just got off of the phone with one of my brothers (in spirit not blood) and I’m feeling really good! His name is Badialy, but more people know him as Boujou. His mother and I call him Boujoubadji. He left Los Angeles about 3 years ago or so and is living is...

Where are the Places to Tell Stories?

Alright, this is an easy one. I am always getting this question from budding tellers who are looking at the business end of storytelling as a veritable “pot of gold”. The simple answer to the question of where are places to perform is: “Everywhere.” Don’t worry I’ll...

Being Thankful

When times get a little rough, and ya’ll know what I mean, I sometimes turn to this simple proverb which makes me smile: “Do not curse the creator for having created the lion, be thankful that it was not given wings.” Can you imagine? I know that...

Performance in the Rain

October 1st of 2006 I was scheduled for an outdoor performance of music and stories at the Getty Museum in, normally, sunny southern California. I look forward to outside performance, enjoying the heat of the sun and the feeling of the breeze but this day was slightly...