Children's Oral Culture in Print and on Stage

Addo, Akosua O.
December 2011
Talking Drum;Dec2011, Vol. 36, p3
Children's oral culture created and performed within culturally accepted domains and intentionally linked to educational goals, captures the essence of African musical arts whilst providing a stimulating learning experience. This paper provides a sound basis for developing creative arts integration that supports national educational development goals. If teachers recognize and utilize indigenous and contemporary resources to the fullest extent possible, issues of access, quality and equity will be addressed. The marriage of the contemporary with the indigenous is evident in an increasing number of children's books. African children's writers are adept at modifying their stories to suit different audiences, situations, and contexts. When African children's literature is studied care fully and re-enacted on stage, it captures the essence of African musical arts express ions as one that is created, performed an d accepted as artistic by Africans. Arts educators can benefit from the broad range of rich African stories now in print.


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