The professional storyteller Kientega Pingdéwindé Gérard is a “word master” who not only tells historical and legendary stories, but also tells contemporary works.
He said that Kientega Pingdéwindé Gérard did not speak. His voice yelled, thundered, and rumbled. These words resounded, solemn and solemn. And he doesn’t need a stage, so that the interlocutor can remain silent and sit in these street dances in Ouagadougou, sitting in one of the neighborhoods and listening to him. “When I was young, I talked a lot, I started from telling stories in school”, Smiling 42-year-old Burkinabé wearing a timeless cloth Faso Danfani, Is the country’s traditional cotton woven belt.
His stage name “KPG” is a professional storyteller, one of the few people who make a living from his art in Burkina Faso.Although it is still difficult to trace the origin of this oral tradition, researchers believe its existence “From the dawn of time” In West Africa. Even today, storytellers and cynics, “Word Master”, Linking the historical narrative of the village with the origin legend.They weave “The memory of a nation”, I believe Alain Sié Kam, professor of oral literature at the University of Burkina Faso.
However, the arrival of new communication platforms, urbanization and the loss of certain customs and habits threaten this art. What worries KPG is that KPG tries to spread the cultural heritage inherited by its ancestors to the younger generation.
Born to the father of a mask, the one who made the link “Between the visible world and the invisible world”In a family of the blacksmith caste, the actor grew up in Arbollé in the north of the country, “The melody of tom-toms” with “The sound of hammer and anvil”.When he was young, he spent the night by the campfire, listening to “old”, Fascinated “At this moment, listening, speaking, and singing blend and collide to create soothing energy”, He described.
In 1997, he replaced the bench in the accounting school with a board of directors.The director asked him to act as the narrator in the play theater. At the time, there was no storytelling course: therefore, he received actor training at the Burkinabé Theatre Workshop in Wuagadougou.Little by little, thanks “Word of mouth”, The number of self-taught storytellers has multiplied and even won in 2009 “The Art of Storytelling and Oral” In the French game in Beirut, Lebanon.