Musical Storytelling Hits the Puku Trail

Puku Children’s Literature Foundation and Redisa: IsiXhosa Story Festival

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Rethink! This refrain, set to the beat of musical storyteller Lynn Joffe had Grahamstown kids rocking at the Puku Story Festival’s outreach program. Using recycled instruments to demonstrate the building blocks of music, from beat to rhythm to melody, then words to construct a story, Joffe and her team drove home the recycling message in Grade R classes in primary schools in Joza and Fingo townships during the Puku Story Festival 2015.

Puku Story Festival 2015

Puku Story Festival 2015

Lynn Joffe runs Creatrix, specialising in branded content and edutainment campaigns. In this project she indulges her first love – musical storytelling for children. After writing a multi-media book and CD, The Tale of Stingray Charles, and collaborates with other artists to perform at schools and festivals.

Puku Story Festival 2015

Puku Story Festival 2015

For the Puku Story Festival, the Pitterpat team was paired with Ayabulela Ngcalwane of Izwe Lebali, a local arts organisation that reaffirms the power of indigenous storytelling to create contemporary forms to educate and entertain. The partnership worked well as evidenced by the reaction not only of the children but the teachers, who requested follow up workshops, specifically for Foundation Phase teachers.

Creatrix presented twelve roadshows over three days to Foundation Phase learners.  Click here to view a few performance highlights, using musical storytelling techniques that delight and entertain young children.


Synergies: Creatrix, Puku, Nelson Mandela Institute, Redisa

Literacy Partner: Puku Children’s Literature Foundation

Event Sponsor: Redisa

Youth Partners: Nelson Mandela Institute, Izwe Lebali, UpStart, Fingo Festival

Storyteller: Lynn Joffe

Musical Direction: Lynn Joffe

Photography: Lara Salomon