Storytellers converge at Folk Arts Day

Words of wisdom: Salieu Suso talks to the audience about playing the kora at Brooklyn Folk Arts Day on Saturday.
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Artists from across the city gathered in Dumbo to share their talents with fellow storytellers at Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts Day on Saturday — and the annual get together was a great chance for creatives to learn from one another, said a participant.

“It’s very important that we can get all of these different ethnic groups and different artists from different parts of the world together and share their interests,” said Bronx resident Salieu Suso, who imparted his expertise on storytelling with the kora, a 21-string harp used in West Africa. Suso — who is from Gambia — has been attending the meet-up for six years, teaching participants about the ancient songs he plays on the 1,000-year old instrument he has been playing for three decades.

The harp is used to teach history and entertain, facts that Suso told other artists when they weren’t busy learning how to get their work out to various advocacy city advocacy groups.

“I was able to share my thoughts and experiences and that was nice. You also got to collaborate and talk about how we can work with different organizati­ons,” he said.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 9:50 am, May 8, 2017
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