Osebo's Drum

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Osebo in México

Osebo in México

Parents’ Choice Award winning storyteller, Robbi K's spirit is clearly contagious as the entire audience is soon singing and clapping along with Osebo's Drum.  There's interactive movement, singing, chanting, and humor while Robbi sets the scene for this traditional African "Pour Quoi?"  folktale about a tiny turtle, Akiki-Y'Kia, who uses kindness and thinking to succeed.  Robbi moves about the stage and room constantly, appealing to the audience as she acts out the many characters of this clever story.

Osebo the Leopard has built a huge and magnificent djembe drum that everyone can hear. But Osebo won't permit anyone to try the drum, not even Nyame, the Sky-God. Nyame promises that anyone who can bring the Leopard's drum home will receive a wonderful reward for teaching the leopard a lesson about his greedy, disrespectful ways. Then Nyame waits.

Many animals try to get the drum but Osebo's sharp claws and teeth, terrible growl & bad attitude scares them all away. Finally, Akiki-Y'Kia tries. She is small and soft-skinned and would love to wear a hard shell to protect herself. Other animals tease her because of her size, but she tries anyway. An adventure ensues to everyone's delight in the theatrical style of storytelling, exposing the traits & personalities of each character.

Osebo's Drum is presented with Robbi as the soloist or with percussionists for main stage productions. 

Top Notch Story Telling! The storytelling was absolutely amazing! The show was entertaining, informative, and fun.”

— Educator, ABQ,NM

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Photo by Lennart Knab

Photo by Lennart Knab

With Hasan Bakr

With Hasan Bakr

Photo by Lennart Knab

Photo by Lennart Knab

Robbi K

Robbi K

Photo by Lynn Spinnato

With Victor See Yuen

Photo by Lynn Spinnato

With Victor See Yuen

Photo by Julie Mardin
With Victor See Yuen & Hasan Bakr

Photo by Julie Mardin With Victor See Yuen & Hasan Bakr

Contact:  INFO@ROBBIKUMALO.COM

I didn’t know what to expect and after watching the promo video I thought the show may not be a good fit for my 4 th graders, but when we saw the actual show it was just a perfect fit!! The storyteller and the story were so engaging and the kids just ate it up. I’ve been to many many Schooltime shows and this one was the best one so far!”

Teacher, Popejoy Hall ABQ, NM

This production was phenomenal! The actor's command of the stage was outstanding. She captivated students and adults. The story was descriptive, entertaining, and appropriate for all ages. It was unexpectedly one of the BEST performances I've every seen. Also loved the way they ended the show escorting the students out, as well as, all the interactive parts of the presentation!”

— Educator, ABQ,NM

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