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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.

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Visit Shanta's bandmate and fellow AACM member, Nicole Mitchell, as she plays with Black Earth Ensemble.

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Listen as Shanta tells the tale of a lonely girl finding companionship as she tells her story, "Friendship."


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Storyteller Shanta Nurullah


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