Story Telling is Art. It is one of man’s original art forms. It came from our minds and tongues. It taught, defined and retold mankind’s humanity.

The Jali is a West African troubadour-historian. The jali profession is hereditary and has long been a part of West African culture. The jali’s role has traditionally been to preserve the genealogies, historical narratives, and oral traditions of their people. Many jali play the kora, a long-necked harp lute with 21 strings. In addition to serving as the primary storytellers of their people, a jali has also served as an adviser and diplomat.

Our intent is to honor and preserve this artistic tradition.


The Jali’s Table

Tekrema’s Annual Storytelling Competition has been postponed. Until then …

Get YOUR STORY Straight!