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Deborah Pierce-Fakunle Greene

Deborah Pierce-Fakunle

The Afropella Griot

Mama Deborah, is a griot with songs to sing and stories to share with the young and the young at heart. Presently, Mama Deborah is Griot-in-Residence to the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. As a board member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Creative Director of the Growing Griots, and Director of Ola-Olu Griots, Mama Deborah creates and delivers inspiring, motivating and uplifting performances in the African Oral Tradition. Arenas include the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Gallery, Reginald Lewis Museum, Morgan State University, Maryland Institute of Art, Health Care for the Homeless, The Baltimore Book Festival, and numerous churches and schools. Mama Deborah also co-hosted “The Talking Drum” show on Maryland Public Television and she is one-half of Mama Talk. As a member of Wombwork Productions’ Nu World Art Ensemble, Mama Deborah contributes as a board member, costumer, mentor, performer and writer. Her formal education includes degrees from Morgan State University and her passports have been stamped in West Africa and Europe.

Currently, Mama Deborah, The Afropella Griot is a Mentor to the Growing Griot Literacy Learning Program, an afterschool program of the Griot Circle of Maryland in partnership with the Greater Baltimore Urban League, the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.

To contact Deborah Pierce-Fakunle, the Afropella Griot, you may call or e-mail as follows.

Talking Drums: (410) 732-4371; (443) 739-5154


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