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Anansi Time

Narrated by: Bobby Norfolk
Length: 48 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 5-7
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Bobby Norfolk, master African-American storyteller, gives an unqualified hilarious performance of six folk stories. His sound effects are priceless: flies buzzing, doors creaking, and trees being chopped down. Norfolk is animated and sounds completely comfortable speaking to groups of any size, although this is a studio recording. He has a deep Southern accent and speaks rapidly but clearly. There are a few seconds of native drumming between stories. This production will entertain children of all ages.

Summary

Bobby Norfolk plays a prominent role in African-American storytelling. But when he recently visited Africa, he went as a humble student, hoping to glean new insights, to immerse himself in a living oral tradition. He went as a pilgrim to the cities, villages, and jungles of Africa. Yet he was caught completely by surprise when, during a visit to an obscure African village, he was invited to a community-wide afternoon break at which elders told traditional Anansi stories and everyone else listened intently. It was "Anansi Time."

With material gleamed on that trip and from the tradition of African tellers in North America, Bobby Norfolk electrifies audiences with energized retellings of Anansi the wise, Anansi the resourceful, and Anansi the mythic underdog figure who is never undone or outdone.

For Ages 5 to Adult

©1999 Bobby Norfolk (P)1999 August House Publishers, Inc.

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  • Ramses
  • 20-03-15

Too child focused

Despite Mr. Norfolk's annotations, the stories that he says are well respected in Africa, are transformed into child stories and narrates them exactly like that.