Told in the rich, deep voice of Sibusiso Victor Masondo, The Night Before Christmas in Africa
captures the essence of Africa. The tale is brought to life with the sounds of thunder as lightning flashes across the sky and Father Christmas calls out, “Iba nokisimusi omuhle.”
Following the story are traditional African songs performed by the Sparrow Schools Choir.
In Gullah Night Before Christmas, the classic Clement C. Moore poem is infused with the spirit of traditional Gullah folklore and characters. Traveling through a coastal South Carolina town, Buh Rabbit delivers his presents to all of the good boys and girls. However, following Gullah tradition, Buh Fox has his mouth set on rabbit for dinner and his eyes set on the presents. The result is an action-filled Christmas Eve that children will never forget.
About the Authors
Carroll Foster manages a small music company that promotes South African musicians. While home one night around Christmastime, Foster’s children, Jesse and Hannah, asked why there were no stories combining African culture with the holiday season. Having no answer, they decided to write their own Christmas story. Born and raised in Texas, Foster moved to South Africa in 1982. She and her family live in a suburb of Johannesburg.
Virginia M. Geraty is the world’s foremost authority on Gullah and one of the few people who has mastered the art of writing the language. In addition to serving as Gullah consultant for the British Broadcasting Company on the Story of the English Language, she is also a Gullah instructor at the College of Charleston, where she received her doctorate in humane letters.
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN AFRICA* / GULLAH NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS** CD
*By Jesse, Hannah, and Carroll Foster / Narrated by Sibusiso Victor Masondo
**Written and Narrated by Virginia M. Geraty
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
Running time: 32 minutes