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Spoken word poetry keeps stories alive

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As a boy, Ibrahima "IBe" Kaba listened to the griots of his native Africa telling epic stories.

As a man, Kaba has developed his own style of storytelling, a combination of poems and performance called "spoken word poetry."

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This month, he is distilling his experiences, thoughts and feelings about Africa and America into a narrative and a series of poems that may become a book, a CD, a one-man theatrical performance, or possibly all of the above.

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