ORIGINAL PLAY BY REGINALD EDMUND AND RONNIE MALLEY
American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents. The 2019 world premiere is produced by Moraine Valley Community College through Silk Road Rising Theatre with generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and APAP Association of Performing Arts Professionals.
Moraine Valley Community College Academic Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 season includes the world premiere of “American Griot” by former Moraine Valley student Ronnie Malley, and Reginald Edmund, Feb. 21-March 3 at John and Angeline Oremus Theater as part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project.
More info about the 2019 premier can be found here on our events page.
Amplify Peace is a collaborative touring production featuring American artists from the diaspora of predominantly Muslim countries impacted by war. The multi-genre program includes artists Bassel & The Supernaturals (soul/funk), Kayem (hip-hop), Omar Offendum (spoken word) and Ronnie Malley (traditional Mid-Eastern). Through performance and educational workshops, these socially conscious artists raise awareness about issues affecting the US, Middle East, and the Muslim world.
Amplify Peace originated from the success of a tour across the United States in October 2017. The tour was produced in partnership with Sukoon Creative and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), including Syrian-American artists Omar Offendum and Bassel & The Supernaturals, Libyan-American hip-hop sensation Kayem, the traditional Middle Eastern sounds of Palestinian-American artist Ronnie Malley & The Turath Ensemble, and DJ Bella Loki. Highlights from the tour included a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Arab American National Museum in Michigan, and a feature by the Associated Press.
The Andalusian Trail
MUSIC AND DANCE STORYTELLING OF ANDALUSIAN MUSIC & FLAMENCO ROOTS
From Rajasthan, India to the Middle East to North Africa and across the Mediterranean into Andalusia, Spain, musical ideas and instruments were exchanged and have contributed to the foundation of Andalusian and flamenco music. Through music, dance, and storytelling, members of Las Guitarras de España and Surabhi Ensemble take to the trail and tell the tale of this shared cultural history from medieval Andalusia to the present. The performance includes original and traditional repertoire of Spanish guitar, Arab-Andalusian poetry and music, as well as Rajasthani, Middle Eastern, and flamenco folk music and dance.
Running time: 45-60 min (SHORT) or 90 min (LONG) | Available for: full production and all-ages educational presentations
An Oasis Along The Silk Road - A caravanserai was an ancient motel, giving weary Silk Road travelers a safe place to park their camels, count their furs, and maybe even sip on some wine. Hot food, hand-washing stations, and live music were a must. Luckily for us, sans camels, Chicago has all those things, without having to experience the austere life styles of the vagabonds of yore. So, grab your headdress and gold coins, lace up your leggings, and join us for a night of music and dance that celebrates the weary traveler in all of us! Join Lamajamal and guest performers for "Caravanserai" An Oasis Along The Silk Road.
Join Lamajamal and special guests for "Caravanserai" An Oasis Along The Silk Road. Special guest performances with local musicians and dancers.
Wala3at: Indigenous Interactive Musical Dance Performance
"Wala3at" is a series of Palestinian-Indigenous art, music, and dance sessions geared to creating a shared, transformative space for folks to build and share their histories of pain, joy, rage, and resistance.
Artists and Collaborators:
Ahmed Hamad - Filmmaker, Dabke Instructor, Performer and Director of Dabke is Life
Christy B. - Artist, Cultural Worker, Storyteller and Co-Director with The Aadizookaan
Ronnie Malley - Multi-instrumentalist musician, theatrical performer, producer, and educator.
Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia
– SOLO PLAY WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY RONNIE MALLEY
TAKE AN ENCHANTING MUSICAL JOURNEY FROM 9TH CENTURY ISLAMIC SPAIN TO PRESENT DAY AMERICA. ARABIC MUSIC, POETRY, AND SONGS BREATHE LIFE INTO THE STORY OF ZIRYAB, A FORMER SLAVE FROM BAGHDAD, WHOSE MUSICAL ABILITIES BROUGHT HIM FAME THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AFRICA, AND AL-ANDALUS: A LAND WHERE CHRISTIANS, JEWS, AND MUSLIMS CO-EXISTED FOR CENTURIES CREATING A UNIQUE AND DIVERSE SOCIETY. THE PLAY DESCRIBES THE HISTORY OF ZIRYAB, ISLAM IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST, AND EL OUD – A MIDDLE EASTERN LUTE THAT EVENTUALLY BECAME THE GUITAR. THE STORY ALSO WEAVES PAST AND PRESENT INCLUDING ANECDOTES FROM RONNIE’S OWN LIFE GROWING UP AS A MUSICIAN AND MUSLIM PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN IN THE UNITED STATES. RUNNING TIME: 75 MIN
AVAILABLE FOR: FULL PRODUCTION - STAGED READING - CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS - MUSIC & THEATER WORKSHOPS - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - K-12 & COLLEGE LEVEL