Can the words of a passing hunter foretell the future of the kingdom of Mali?
Should the king go against reason and hold true to prophecy?
A conflicted king, a jealous first wife, a disfigured buffalo woman and a child with a destiny. Their lives intertwine to bring us a story of courage and shame, faith and kindness, unexpected generosity and above all strength.
The Birth of Sundiata Keita, visionary leader of the great Malian empire, is told across West Africa as a story of kingship and battle. Discover the rarely heard story of his mother, her grandmother and the extraordinary circumstances of this legendary leader's birth.
This inspiring tale reaches across the centuries, from its origins in thirteenth-century Africa to the recent conflicts of our own time when its telling was forbidden.
In this epic performance of majesty, humour and passion, acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake is accompanied by the virtuoso, award winning Sereba brothers whose dramatic song and music cradles the story in an evocative and exhilarating soundscape.
Suitable for 14+
An Adverse Camber and The Akua Storytelling Project production, in association with mac Birmingham, supported by the Albany. Originally commissioned by Festival at the Edge Storytelling Festival.