A Swallow’s Tale | Africa Day Department of Foreign Affairs

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Featuring Irish seanchaí Aindrias De Staic and Nigerian griot Zeenie Summers, the duo tell interlocking stories of the swallow and show what happens when music and rhythm take over

The film A Swallow’s Tale captures the spirit and shared connection between Ireland and Africa. With strong traditions of storytelling, music, dance and tales of mythological deities and fantastical creatures, there is a vibrancy and expressiveness to both cultures that is unparalleled.

Just as the swallows go and come and come and go from Africa to Ireland bringing birdsong and magic, this film illustrates that when we invite the rhythm of our Atlantean neighbours into our hearts, we have the opportunity to create new stories and dance to new songs.

The film features an Irish seanchaí, Aindrias De Staic, and a Nigerian griot, Zeenie Summers, as they both tell the interlocking stories of the swallow and show what can happen when the music and the rhythm take over.

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