Since 1978 Shanta has been presenting storytelling programs at festivals, colleges, museums, schools and libraries throughout the U.S. She brings a unique blend of music and message to her work.
Career highlights include two storytelling trips to China, as well as appearances at the National Storytelling Festival, Yukon International Storytelling Festival, A(ugusta) Baker's Dozen Storytelling Festival, the Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Las Vegas Storytelling Festivals, and the National Festival of Black Storytelling on nine different occasions.
Shanta's children's recording, The Adventures of Shedoobee, has been used to teach English in some elementary schools in southern China and South Korea. She has appeared in instructional videos from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Children's Museum.
Shanta has received an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship and a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award. She has served as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. Other awards include grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the American Association of University Women. Shanta has an original story on permanent display at Brookfield Zoo (IL) and has been a storytelling teacher and mentor for many years.
National Storytelling Festival
National Geographic Society
Yukon International Storytelling Festival
Chicago Humanities Festival
Arkansas State University
Weber State University Storytelling Festival
Nebraska, Illinois, Las Vegas, and Michigan Storytelling Festivals
The Art Institute of Chicago
University of Wisconsin
A(ugusta) Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Festival
Toledo Museum of Art ~ Penn State University
African Festival of the Arts
Pontiac Correctional Center
Miami-Dade County Library District
DuSable Museum of African-American History
Smoky Hill River Festival ~ University of Chicago
Wild Onion Storytelling Festival
Children’s Memorial Hospital
Kentucky Centre for the Arts ~ Clarion University
The Saint Louis Art Museum ~ The Field Museum
Great River Traditional Music & Crafts Festival
Northwestern University ~ Blissfest
First Nights – Chicago, Springfield, Evanston, and Aurora, IL; Battle Creek, MI; and Mobile, AL
Storytelling tours in the People’s Republic of China
Mississippi Valley Blues Society (IA)
International Storytelling Center (TN)
North Dakota Museum of Art
Dixon Elementary School (IL)
Kelan Phil Cohran’s Black Music Workshop
Shanta Nurullah’s Insight
AACM Big Band
Shanta - spoken word, djembe, mbira, agogo, zither, and other instruments
CDs - Light Worker
The Legend of Lajadjie
The Adventures of Shedoobee
VHS - Shanta:Live in China
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Light Worker A captivating African-American storyteller, musician and writer, Shanta Nurullah uti...Light Worker
A captivating African-American storyteller, musician and writer, Shanta Nurullah utilizes original stories, traditional folktales and musical instruments from around the world.
Shanta's stories are about empowerment, peace, healing and self-discovery... and the many different ways in which people attain them. She has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, as well as in print in Ebony, Jr., Hot Wire, Cadence and Black Books Bulletin.
Shanta is also a talented multi-instrumentalist and long-time member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Joining with other members from this institution of innovative Chicago jazz, Shanta co-founded Sojourner and Samana, two all-woman groups in which she played percussion, bass and sitar.
A 30 to 45 minute set may include these stories:
Monkey and Shark (w/djembe)
The Cow-Tail Switch
The Loving Ones (w/mbira)
Audience participation in songs and stories is often encouraged.
A full concert would be 90 to 120 minutes w/15 min. intermission.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.