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Doin' Dunbar As 'lias' Mother

by Oni Lasana

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) poet & author's southern dialect poetry is featured as "poetic storytelling." Country music carries the poetry along. Oni's theatrical production comes alive on disc.
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Welcome Introduction
Oni Lasana
0:39 $0.99
2. In the Morning
Oni Lasana
2:28 $0.99
3. Possum
Oni Lasana
2:09 $0.99
4. A Preference
2:01 $0.99
5. When De Co'n Pone's Hot
2:33 $0.99
6. De Way T'ings Come
Oni Lasana
1:54 $0.99
7. Keep a Pluggin' Away
Oni Lasana
2:49 $0.99
8. The Real Question
1:38 $0.99
9. Foolin' Wid De Seasons
2:07 $0.99
10. Trouble in De Kitchen
1:15 $0.99
11. Winter's Approach
1:02 $0.99
12. A Coquette Conquered
1:30 $0.99
13. My Sort O' Man
3:08 $0.99
14. When Dey 'listed Colored Soldiers
4:53 $0.99
15. When Malindy Sings
4:23 $0.99
16. Philosophy
1:18 $0.99
17. Angelina
3:16 $0.99
18. De Critter's Dance
3:44 $0.99
19. Ante-Bellum Sermon
4:45 $0.99
20. Whistling Sam
3:57 $0.99
21. How Lucy Backslid
8:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Paul Laurence Dunbar's southern dialect poetry takes center stage, as ONI LASANA brings history to life in a unique interpretation that carries you throughout the day in the life of a woman living on a plantation with her son Elias, during the 1800's. Presenting before audiences throughout the US, Caribbean and Europe, the CD bring you back in time, through the power of poetry and music.

Here's what folks have to say about Oni's live performances as "'Lias' Mother" which features the poetry heard on this CD.

"The voice of Dunbar!"
Nikki Giovanni, poet, Professor of English, Virginia Tech

"Many hearts were touched by 'Lias' Mother."
Debbie Allen of Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Los Angeles

"Does Oprah know about you?"
Teacher, Bridge Street Prep School, Brooklyn, NY

"The children were mesmerized by your stories, poetry and song, thank you so much for teaching us about the work of Dunbar!"
Margo Robinson
Mark Twain Elementary
Heidelberg, Germany

"You captivated the audience! We are honored to have you as a partner in the effort of promoting diversity at ESU."
Mary Tandia, Muticultural Affairs
East Stroudsburg University, PA

"We hope that many more of Philadelphia's students and teachers will have the opportunity to enjoy your dynamic presentations."
Carolyn L. Holmes, Supervisor
The School District of Philadelphia,
African-American Studies Department

"Thank you for casting a wonderful poetic spell on all of us. Our day with Dunbar's works was absolutely magical!"
Nancy Robinson, English Dept.
Downingtown High School, PA

ONI LASANA...is performance poet and storyteller from Philadelphia, who has spent many years in Communications and the Performing Arts as a radio producer, songwriter, music arranger, music publisher, and creative director of various cultural productions and community events.

Lasana is embraced by diverse audiences for her dynamic creativity, as she shares her unique style of performing the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar. As a cultural enrichment artist, she aides in the teaching and presenting of American History, Language Arts and Theater using Dunbar's poetry in the classroom and in school assemblies.

SISTER WINGS*!* a interactive spoken word program, where she plays bass and recites original poetry and other great poets in American Literature is also in great demand in the Philadelphia area.

A lifetime member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, also a member of Patchwork; A Storytelling Guild, Keepers Of The Culture - Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group, the National Storytelling Network, Mississippi Storyweavers and also on the roster of artist for Artreach, Inc. and Rutgers University Childcare Center.

Oni Lasana Doin' Dunbar as 'Lias' Mother is not a Amos n' Andy rendition of Dunbar's work, but a delivery that is natural, heartfelt and true to Dunbar's legacy.

So go on & treat yo' self to this CD!



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Karima Amin

a powerful experience of word, music, and spirit!
This cd wrapped me in a powerful experience of word, music, and spirit! The spirit of Paul Laurence Dunbar is here in skillful renditions of his poetry that feature charming and authentic old Southern dialect. History lessons are here in the telling of tales that highlight the human experience. The addition of period music is an added bonus!

Linda Christy

This CD is priceless to our family.
As a child, my grandmother recited "In the Mornin" to me (as well as her children and other grandchildren). We have searched for many years for the words and at last have found the memories we cherish as well as the awesome writing of Dunbar. We are from Dunbar's home, Dayton, OH.

Writer Blocks Newspaper - PHILADELPHIA

Time Traveling with Oni
This is a very important work for American culture and society and aids in our understanding of the times and conditions of Black life during the Civil Rights era.

This work and dialect is very polished and helps the listener to time travel. Good job!