South Carolina Arts Commission

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Orisirisi African Folklore




  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Folklife/Traditional Arts

Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country


Orisirisi African Folklore is an African adventure rooted in the history, culture, and traditions of Africa, inclusive of folktales, legends, and myths, spirited drumming, dance and song, children’s games, lectures on special topics, and a healthy dose of the obligatory African tradition of audience participation. The nationally and internationally acclaimed performing arts and educational initiative was founded in 1986 by husband-and-wife team Don and Tutu Harrell, with the expressed purpose of sharing the beauty and poignancy of African life and culture.

The company has provided its unique brand of folklore, for countless people from a vast array of demographics and cultural backgrounds at primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, festivals, churches, libraries, museums, conferences, corporate and teacher in-services, television and radio programs, theme parks, and special events, while exhibiting an unwavering commitment to the needs of the individual, the group, the community, and society at large.


Jacquelyn Stokes

Conder Arts Integrated Magnet School/DAP Grant Manager

When Orisirisi African Folklore enter our school; our students, faculty and staff embark on an amazing experience of African Culture. It is interactive, joyous, and all learn about respect, empathy, and feel welcomed to the community that Orisirisi create through music, storytelling and dance.

(March 22, 2022)

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