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By Colleen Kesterson

Storyteller Queen Nur Includes Audience with West African Tradition


Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder

Queen Nur's stories came alive with a drum beat and her expressions, both facial and voice, at the 2 Valleys Stage concert, March 20 at Swan Valley School. Queen Nur said the butterflies on the dogwood twigs reminded her that "transitions in life are as thin as a butterfly's wing." She told the story of the transitions of birthing her granddaughter and the death of her father.

SWAN VALLEY - Karen "Queen Nur" Abdul-Malik from Willingboro, New Jersey is an award winning, nationally known storyteller of West African culture, African American history, folktales and mythology. She was a part of the 2 Valleys Stage Concert Series and performed a public concert March 20 as well as worked with the students in the schools. She has recorded two CDs.

Her stories were accompanied by a drum beat and audience participation. Pictured above Queen Nur sang a song about pulling up the large sweet potato with a lot of help from volunteers.

She told the original African story that...

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