Identity roots anchor Angela firmly within the cultures of Africa, as far as she is from the land of her birth.
Within identity lies strength, whether its is ancient, or whether it is created within recent memory. The strength of identity is proportional to its acceptance by the majority and the power and frequency of reinforcements, over time and ages.
This is the task of the 'griots' or the 'jeliw' who motivate and invigorate contemporary generations in continuity with the past. The story is alive, it lives in the retelling; it lives with each new deed and personality, worthy of note. It is the people who make the story. It is the story which makes the people. The story grows longer with the passing of the days.
May you live within our story. May our story live in you.
pssst: You don't want to miss our show! Feb 9th 2008