This is a wonderful journey of tales, epics, songs, and dances that takes the young imagination of audiences back to the "land of the Dogon" in Mali West Africa. “Mambugur & Tales of the Dogon” is performed before an authentic appearing Dogon village set/props, by 4-8 talented performers. The total running time for “Mambugur & Tales of the Dogon” is approximately 1 hour. (without intermission)
"Mambugur" (Grandfather) is accompanied by his village friends and fellow musicians, Diallo , Mama Mariama, Toure and Baba Jomo,as they search for the "wiley" character, "Babu"!
"Hey! Have you seen Babu? I’ve been searching for him everywhere?"
"Mambugur" (Grandfather) actively engages the audience children in an interactive search, telling Ancient African creation stories, singing songs in "unwritten languages", playing music, and enlisting the aid of his wonderful African Marionette friends known as "Dogo","Bozo", "Yasama" and "Yadjugulu".
You’ve never seen African Marionettes like these before! They’re almost human!
"Hey! Do you have plenty, plenty?"
Everyone in the audience will need "plenty, plenty" if they don’t find "Babu", because excitement becomes unbridled as the great Male and Female Dogon Chakaba (Stilt Walker) is coming along with the four-legged "beast of the harvest, known as "Tyi-Wara"!
“Over the past few years, Ahmad Kenya and his Images of the Motherland-Interactive Theatre troupe have performed “Mambugur (Grandfather) & Tales of the Dogon” at various Philadelphia Parks & Recreation events. The troupe is extremely entertaining through their rousing presentation. They work especially well with the children at our events. The children love them and always ask for more! I would highly recommend them for any event.” Thomas Dignam, Performing Arts Coordinator
Female Dogon Dancer-Alissa Smith
Male Stilt Walker-Darnell Richardson
“Toure”-Toure Clark Sills
Admission is FREE