StoryTime

StoryTime is a weekly programme featuring “Storytellers the World Over” and “Aspiring Storytellers”.

What better way than sharing stories to bring communities together! 

Listen closely to our tales; some enchanting, spellbinding and magical, others humorous or even spooky. Let them transport you to another place and time.

Catch us every Sunday starting 20th January 2019 at 2pm on afo online radio. 

Podcasts available. 

“Inside each of us is a natural born storyteller, waiting to be released”- Robin Moore (author)

.......so whether you’re a professional storyteller or someone who has the passion to tell stories, send them in to be BROADCAST on StoryTime - 

email: storytimejjb@gmail.com

Blog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ 

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJB

We want to hear from YOU! Children, youth, young adult or adult!




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STORIES 1. YASMIN YUSUFF - A clean well lighted place2. KENNEDY MICHEAL & SYUEN TOH - The Clock has Stopped3. SHEELA HARAN - The Man with EssenceSONGS1. AMRITA SOON - "Familiar Strangers" & "24 Years"Blog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more infoFaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBYASMIN YUSUFFYasmin Yusuff is one of the most familiar voices in Malaysia, having been on radio for 18 years,and has beenthe voice for countless radio and TV commercials, phone-answering services, elevators, and until recently, the LRT and the KLIA Aerotrain.She conducted the FIRST live radio telephone “call in” ever on Malaysian radio at Radio 4. She was voted “Most Popular Radio DJ” in 1997 by “Malay Mail” reader poll.Malaysian Music Academy “AIM” award winner in 1997, in recognition for most contribution to Radio – the first and only time this award has been given out“Best DJ Award 2001” from MACP (Music Copyright Protection body) while at WOWfm.She recorded 2 albums in the early 80's which produced 2 number one singles. As an actress, she played Jessica in the longest runningTV drama series in Malaysia, Opah, which ran for 15 years. She has also acted in movies, TV dramas, and in a telemovie co-starring with Kabir Bedi.She is one of the most successful Miss Malaysia Universe title holders. She won 3rd place for Best National Costume at Miss Universe 1978, the first time Miss Malaysia brought home a trophy. Currently Yasmin is a much sought-after MC, and is also busy as Lady Golf Captain of the Royal Selangor Golf Club.yasminyusuff@gmail.comKENNEDY MICHAEL & SYUEN TOH Kennedy Michael is a multi-talented and award winning performing artiste, creative industry professional, Capoeira Instructor, Fitness Instructor and Music Teacher. Kennedy began his life in performing arts at the age of 13 when he joined the Good Shepherd Church Choir and the Young Shepherds Youth Group. It was also during this time that he joined the Corps of Pipes & Drums of his alma mater, Setapak High Schook, playing the bagpipes. He learned choral singing under the tutelage of the late Mr. Kevin De Souza who was then the choirmaster. Very quickly he got into producing, writing, acting and directing sketches, musical presentations and plays for all the liturgical events of the church. Here he met Christopher Khoo, who taught him to play the acoustic guitar and shortly after they formed the band Sanity Meets The Mind. They went on to win a number of competitions in the church circuit and played the events circuits featuring their own songs. They even co- wrote songs for a musical and went on to record two demo albums for the fun of it.************************Syuen Toh’s involvement with music began when she was a drummer for her alma mater, Methodist Girls School (MGS) Ipoh. She played in her school band for 5 years, taking part in various marching band competitions and performances. At the end of her time in high school she joined the workforce in 2000 as a London College of Music Examinations (LCME) Administrator at TVU (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, [Asia Pacific Regional Office for Thames Valley University, UK]. Years later, she moved on to explore a different field as Customer Care Officer at Sunway Medical Centre before moving to her current workplace at UKEduNet Sdn Bhd as Operations Manager. From there she was seconded to Effectual Links Sdn Bhd, to manage Professional Development and Educational Projects.Adrenaline Multimedia Productions Sdn BhdWEB LINK : http://www.adrenaline.com.myREP LINK:  http://druidd18.wixsite.com/ampsbSHEELA HARANA HasBeen WannaBe, having dabbled in a little bit of acting, dancing, hosting, she settled on radio which she calls the love of her life. Unfortunately Radio didn’t feel the same, and after it shut down she had to find different ways of expressing herself.This gave birth to KAERpediem, a family project for videos on the infamous YouTube. KAER the initials of the kids since the video idea was theirs, along with the play on words for CarpeDiem, her wish for them to make the most of everyday, the videos followed the adventures of the kids. Then the kids grew up and had their own creative ideas leaving the account to Mum.Having moved from YouTube to Dtube and blogs on steemit.com, she mostly writes Free Writes with the FreeWriteHouse on the platform. This is a story that was inspired by two prompts, Hungry & Sunset.Web : steemit.com@KAERpediemAMRITA SOONA young Taylor Swift is what Amrita Soon has been referred to. Telling stories of falling in love, heartbreak and growing old through her songs carefully crafted to tug at your heartstrings. Armed with a guitar and a voice that soothes the soul, her music reflects insights of a journey through the chaos of life. She was recognized as the 'Breakthrough YouTube Star' by DIGI’s 2013 WWWOW Awards, and 'Audience Choice' and 'Overall Best Performance' at KLPAC's Short + Sweet 2016. Amrita’s first EP 'Clues', released in 2014 perfectly written reflecting teenage love and wanderings will surely catch you humming along to the tunes. The track, ‘Goodbye’ was included in the compilation album, ‘Rock For Ronan’, aimed to raise funds for the Ronan Thompson Foundation in support of childhood cancer research. Since then, Amrita has performed extensively in Malaysia and in Nashville, Tennessee including having sang at the famous Bluebird Cafe and featured at The Song Suffragettes. Amrita released her 2nd album in 2018 titled ‘Familiar Strangers’ which showcases maturity in her writing and an even deeper connection with the listener through her story-telling. The title track 'Familiar Strangers' is currently number 1 on She Wolf Radio in US, and 9 on Hitz fm Malaysia's MET 10.Social media links:https://open.spotify.com/artist/0amxkyGtZNA3pn83mkrtNzwww.amritasoon.comhttp://www.instagram.com/AmritaSoon

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STORIES:1. STEVE DAUT - The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County 2. ANNE SHIMOJIMA - The Wave3. FARAH MASUD - WeightlessnessSONGS:1. CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - Bad Moon Rising2. BEATLES - Dear PrudenceBlog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more infoFaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBSTEVE DAUTSteve has been performing in various venues for over 35 years. Onstage credits include magic, sketch and stand-up comedy, improvisation, storytelling, and MC work.Steve is a member of the National Storytelling Network and president of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. He is a graduate of the Second City and the Purple Rose Theatre Actor-Director Lab. He leads discussion groups and day-long storytelling retreats as well as shorter storytelling workshops.Steve’s versatile, improvisational storytelling style is engaging for a wide variety of audiences. A typical show for adults includes personal stories from heartwarming to hilarious, some bits of humorous history, and perhaps a Mark Twain story or two. He brings quirky characters to stage, often finding wisdom in the most unlikely places. His shows for younger children involve traditional folk tales, a lot of interaction, and a touch of magic.The story is Steve’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. This is one of 26 stories published in Steve’s book, Telling Twain, and is part of his program of the same name, which is featured in the Michigan Arts and Humanities Council travel directory. It tells the story of a man named Smiley, who promotes the jumping prowess of his frog, Daniel Webster, and finally meets a formidable challenger who might just cause him to rethink his penchant for wagering.More information is available on Steve’s website at http://www.stevedaut.com.ANNE SHIMOJIMAAnne Shimojima has been delighting audiences across the United States for over thirty years in schools, libraries, festivals, gardens, museums, and senior communities, telling literary stories, folk and fairy tales, and her Japanese American family’s World War II story.  Anne was a New Voice Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Tennessee. She has also performed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference, the 1st Asian American Storytelling Festival, and the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park, New York City. Anne’s 2017 CD, Sakura Tales; Stories from Japan, includes some of her favorite Japanese folk tales and is available on her website.http://www.anneshimojima.com FARAH MASUDFarah Masud is a 22 year old aspiring writer and poet from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Over the years, her works have been published in several anthologies and newspapers both locally and internationally. She is a contributor at The Daily Star, which is the largest circulating English daily newspaper in Bangladesh. She was the semi-finalist in the storytelling category of Asian English Olympics 2018 and this year in AEO19, she qualified as a quarter finalist.STORYTIME MUSIC BY Beatles  STORYTIME MUSIC BY CCR - Bad Moon Rising 

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STORIES1. ANNE SHIMOJIMA - Golden Crane2. SHEILA WEE - The Old Man in the Corner3. MUNIA ISLAM - Beowulf 4. DASHWIN SAMUEL SARAVANAN - Littlest Lighthouse Keeper to the RescueSONGS1. BIHZHU - "A Green Chord" & "Palpatations"Blog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more infoFaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBANNE SHIMOJIMAAnne Shimojima has been delighting audiences across the United States for over thirty years in schools, libraries, festivals, gardens, museums, and senior communities, telling literary stories, folk and fairy tales, and her Japanese American family’s World War II story.  Anne was a New Voice Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Tennessee. She has also performed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference, the 1st Asian American Storytelling Festival, and the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park, New York City. Anne’s 2017 CD, Sakura Tales; Stories from Japan, includes some of her favorite Japanese folk tales and is available on her website.www.anneshimojima.comSHEILA WEE Sheila Wee has been a professional storyteller for 20 years, and because of her work in pioneering the revival of storytelling in Singapore, has been described as a Godmother of Singapore storytelling. Sheila co-founded Singapore’s first storytelling circle and its first professional storytelling company. She was instrumental in the development and organisation of the Asian Congress of Storytellers and the International Storytelling Showcases (from 2000 to 2009) which in 2006 were rebranded as the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Sheila is a founding Professional Member and Committee Member, a 3 term President, 3-term Vice-President and the current Workshop Chair of the Storytelling Association (Singapore).Sheila was a pioneer of storytelling to both child and adult audiences in Singapore. She is comfortable telling to both small and large audiences of all ages and is adept at varying her storytelling style according to her audience. Her storytelling has been described variously, as warm, engaging, elegant and captivating.Sheila’s storytelling experience is deep and wide-ranging, she has performed for thousands of preschool, primary and secondary students, trained teachers and created a storytelling manual for the Hong Kong Bureau of Education, trained tourist guides and docents for museums and art galleries, trained teachers and lecturers to use storytelling in their teaching and corporate, military and civil service leaders in the use of storytelling as an organisational tool.As well as running her storytelling company Storywise, Sheila is a director of Story Connection, a non-profit company she set up with fellow storyteller Roger Jenkins, to run the annual the 398.2 Storytelling Festival, the Storytelling Carnival @ Enabling Village and other community storytelling events. She is also a founding director of FEAST (the Federation of Asian Storytellers), an international non-profit which supports Asian storytellers and promotes the development of storytelling in Asia.Sheila’s international work as a performer and workshop leader has taken her to Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, the UK and Vietnam.Contact: sheila@storywise.com.sgwww.storywise.com.sg FEAST website www.feast-story.orgMUNIA ISLAMMunia Islam is a second year university student, doing her honors in English Literature and living in Bangladesh. She is a self proclaimed storyteller who loves to talk and eat a lot but despises talking while eating. With hopes for a better world she fights her battle with pen, paper and her awfully loud voice.DASHWIN SAMUEL SARAVANANI am 6 years old, studying in Year 2 in an International School in Selangor, Malaysia. I love science, art and playing drums. I love dolphins, Penguins and polar bears. I love to travel to many places with my family. I love to see animals in their natural habitats.BIHZHUPenang-born nightingale BIHZHU is blessed with a rich, soulful voice. Combined with her genuine songcraft that she calls 'heart music', her charming presence has enchanted audiences all over the world, from intimate acoustic concerts to music festivals all over Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, China, and Australia, and she’s fresh from her tour in India, January 2019.After years with pop-jazz band Rhapsody and dub outfit Layan Sound System, Bihzhu embarked on her solo career in 2011, launching it as a featured artist in Julie's Biscuits Nationwide 'Share The Love' campaign with her smile-inducing single, "The Heart Way".The infectious tune was also chosen for a Penang Global Tourism ad featuring the famed shoe couturier Dato’ Jimmy Choo on the Asian Food Channel that aired for 14 weeks in 10 different countries. Bihzhu also recently made a cameo appearance in the 2017 Penang Hokkien movie "You Mean The World To Me" directed by Saw Teong Hin, performing 'The Heart Way'.

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STORIES1. Yasim Yusuff - Interview and story Symbols and Signs2. Gowri Paary - Vijay and the Capsicum3. Dr. Jayanti Bhave - Dr Anandhi Gopalrao Joshi4. Shanthini Venugopal - Women's Day poemMUSIC1. Bhizhu - "Bright veins" & "Tainted temples"Blog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more infoFaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBYASMIN YUSUFFBio: Yasmin Yusuff is one of the most familiar voices in Malaysia, having been on radio for 18 years,and has beenthe voice for countless radio and TV commercials, phone-answering services, elevators, and until recently, the LRT and the KLIA Aerotrain.She conducted the FIRST live radio telephone “call in” ever on Malaysian radio at Radio 4. She was voted “Most Popular Radio DJ” in 1997 by “Malay Mail” reader poll.Malaysian Music Academy “AIM” award winner in 1997, in recognition for most contribution to Radio – the first and only time this award has been given out “Best DJ Award 2001” from MACP (Music Copyright Protection body) while at WOWfm.She recorded 2 albums in the early 80's which produced 2 number one singles. As an actress, she played Jessica in the longest runningTV drama series in Malaysia, Opah, which ran for 15 years. She has also acted in movies, TV dramas, and in a telemovie co-starring with Kabir Bedi.She is one of the most successful Miss Malaysia Universe title holders. She won 3rd place for Best National Costume at Miss Universe 1978, the first time Miss Malaysia brought home a trophy. Currently Yasmin is a much sought-after MC, and is also busy as Lady Golf Captain of the Royal Selangor Golf Club.Contact: yasminyusuff@gmail.com Gowri Paary is highly passionate about children's literacy. She also likes to bring more diversity into her books. she had grown up reading books that she could not identify with. Thus, Vijay and the capsicum was born. Gowri likes to includes moral values in her stories and family values play a vital role in her stories. in her book, she includes a question segment for parents and teachers to help discuss themes in the story with their children.Gowri is a constant migrant, educator and actor amongst other things. She is extremely passionate about sewing, performing arts and travelling. She currently lives in Australia with her husband, son and daughter. Vijay and the capsicum is the second book she has written. Her book is available for purchase via email and also at Silverfish bookstores, Bangsar Village 2.Contact : gowripaary@gmail.comDr. Jayanti Bhave is Deputy Director at IBSAR group of colleges, Karjat Campus.  She has a social science background and also worked in with NGOs. She is a Ph.D from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Her expertise areas of interest are story telling for all age groups (as pedagogical tool), conducting soft skills training programs on motivation, leadership, and team work and confidence building.Contact: jayanti.bhave@gmail.comBihzhu Penang-born nightingale BIHZHU is blessed with a rich, soulful voice. Combined with her genuine songcraft that she calls 'heart music', her charming presence has enchanted audiences all over the world, from intimate acoustic concerts to music festivals all over Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, China, and Australia, and she’s fresh from her tour in India, January 2019.After years with pop-jazz band Rhapsody and dub outfit Layan Sound System, Bihzhu embarked on her solo career in 2011, launching it as a featured artist in Julie's Biscuits Nationwide 'Share The Love' campaign with her smile-inducing single, "The Heart Way".The infectious tune was also chosen for a Penang Global Tourism ad featuring the famed shoe couturier Dato’ Jimmy Choo on the Asian Food Channel that aired for 14 weeks in 10 different countries.Bihzhu also recently made a cameo appearance in the 2017 Penang Hokkien movie "You Mean The World To Me" directed by Saw Teong Hin, performing 'The Heart Way'.In 2011, her debut album 'Nightingale Tales' received much airplay on Malaysia’s national radio stations 9.88FM, Capital FM, BFM Radio, Traxx FM, AFO Radio, Hitz.FM, RedFM as well as the Los Angeles-based ‘Woman of Substance’ radio and Minneapolis’ Big Brain Radio Show in the United States.Her single "Bright Veins", released in March 2015, continues in the vein of uplifting music and she also penned the lyrics for "We Will Believe Again", the upbeat theme song for 2016's box office hit 'Ola Bola', by Chiu Keng Guan, Director of 'The Journey'.HOST OF STORYTIME - Women's Day Poem

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STORIES1. Kiran Shah - Australia- Wombat goes walkabout 2. Sangeeta Goel - India - When Parijtha rose from her ashes3. Nikhil Ezra Devan - M'sia - Going on a bear hunt!MUSIC1. Resh - a) Hey Waley  b) Oh Anok Anok    c) Half the ManBlog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more infoFaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBKiran Shah moved from being a social worker and early childhood educator and became a professional storyteller in Singapore 20 years ago. She has been called the Godmother of Storytelling in Singapore (along with Sheila Wee) in being instrumental in reviving the art of oral storytelling. She loves telling folktales from her heritage and is particularly drawn to Asian folktales. She enjoys telling stories to anyone, anywhere. Her audiences have ranged from babies to seniors and she has told in schools, libraries, museums, parks, art galleries and even on trains! Apart from performances, she also conducts storytelling workshops and has participated in conferences and festivals all over Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, India, Indonesia) and in Australia, where she now lives.Kiran strongly believes the world now needs even more stories to be told and shared for us all to understand and respect one another.Web: www.kiranstoryteller.comSangeeta Goel is a performance storyteller and a trainer. She tells stories to children, adolescents and adults. She believes in stories that can foster open conversation. With this aim she uses her skills as a storyteller and sexuality educator to tell stories leading to open conversations on sexualitySome of her story based training programme include training for teachers, parents, sexuality educators and corporateShe also enjoys writing. She has written two original story books for children and various articles on Gender Diversity, Sexual Harassment and Sexuality Education.Contact Details:Email: goelsangeeta@gmail.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sangeeta-goel-347b0722/Performance Storyteller, Story Trainer, Playback Theatre Artist, Sexuality EducatorNikhil Ezra Devan is a 7 year old who loves books and reading. Before he was reading, he used to imitate the expressions in picture books. He loves performing, mostly at home, and a few times for the public.LINK TO VIEW HIS VIDEO ON FACEBOOK- POSTED BY RESHMA (mum) https://www.facebook.com/reshma.stanislaus/videos/10156058495712034/Resh unleashed himself onto the entertainment scene in 2003 when he released his debut album entitled “Monumental” under the then moniker, Reshmonu. The album took critics and fans by storm with hit singles like Walk Away and It's You That Matters. The album earned him a whopping seven nominations at the premier Malaysian music industry award show, Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) in 2004, of which he proudly bagged three awards (Best Male Vocals, Best English-language Artiste, Best Engineering for an Album). He has since established himself as the premier English Language market entertainer in Malaysia, loved and admired by fans worldwide and respected by his peers, and is among an elite few Malaysian artists who have consistently performed as opening act for internationally acclaimed acts touring in Malaysia such as Alicia Keys, Prodigy, Pussycat Dolls, The Black Eyed Peas, Nicole Scherzinger, Girls Generation, and many more. Taking his passion for music one step further, RESH also took on the role of directorhis music video for ‘The Way It Makes You Move’, which went on to earn him a nomination in the 2008 AIM Awards under the ‘Best Music Video’ Award category. Most recently, RESH was selected to be featured in the video campaign for THE GLOBAL GOALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN, a ground-breaking collaboration of campaigners, public figures, companies and civil society groups.For Media Queries: contact ALAN TANG from UNIVERSAL MUSIC SINGAPORE :(65) 6589 7556  alan.tang@umusic.comWEBSITE:  www.reshmonu.com Video Links http://www.youtube.com/user/ReshmonuFanClub Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/reshmonuofficially TWITTER: www.twitter.com/reshmonu      Instagram:Reshmonu       

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STORIES1. SV - M'sia - Chinese Zodiac2. Wong Swee Yean - S'pore- Thao Kham3. Shyna - S'pore - 2 parrotsMUSIC1. Resh - M'sia - "Walkaway" & "Maureece"2. HANDS PERCUSSION - M'sia - Promo videoBlog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more infoFaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBWONG SWEE YEAN Wong Swee Yean has been telling stories to young and old for 15 years. Her stories stir up the imagination of her audience and creates gentle positive change. She has been involved in programmes to share the rich folktale heritage of ASEAN and is keen to educate the young about good character values through storytelling.https://eruditestories.com/          http://facebook.com/erudite.sweeyean/SHYNA NAGPAL is a budding storyteller and an artist who loves painting a picture in the audience’s mind. She started telling stories to share the enjoyment with her mother, Nandini. Last year,she told stories at the 398.2 Storytelling Festival at the National Library as well as at the Story Carnival in Singapore. She has also told stories in her class at school. Shyna loves seeing the smile on her audience's faces when they are enjoying her stories.Email contact for Shyna will be nandininagpal@gmail.comRESH is a multi-talented, multiple award-winning artist and has forged a career in the Malaysian and International music scene virtually single-handedly, going from humble beginnings as a sound engineer to becoming one of the most recognizable faces of the Malaysian English music industry in the past eight years.   RESH describes his music as “R&B fusion” and cites some of his greatest influences as Harry Belafonte, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Brian Mcknight, Luther Vandross and even 'Remember The Shakthi' a fusion of jazz and Indian traditional music, & fusion works by British producer Nittin Sawhney.In 2003 he released his debut album entitled “Monumental” under the then moniker, Reshmonu. The album took critics and fans by storm with hit singles like Walk Away and It's You That Matters. The album earned him seven nominations at the premier Malaysian music industry award show, Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) in 2004, of which he bagged three awards (Best Male Vocals, Best English-language Artiste, Best Engineering for an Album). He is among an elite few Malaysian artists who have consistently performed as opening act for internationally acclaimed acts touring in Malaysia such as Alicia Keys, Prodigy, Pussycat Dolls, The Black Eyed Peas, Nicole Scherzinger, Girls Generation, and many more. Taking his passion for music one step further, RESH also took on the role of director in his music video for ‘The Way It Makes You Move’, which earned him a nomination in the 2008 AIM Awards under the ‘Best Music Video’ Award category.  Most recently, RESH was selected to be featured in the video campaign for THE GLOBAL GOALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN, a ground-breaking collaboration of campaigners, public figures, companies and civil society groups.For Media Queries: contact ALAN TANG from UNIVERSAL MUSIC SINGAPORE :(65) 6589 7556  alan.tang@umusic.comWEBSITE:  www.reshmonu.com Video Links http://www.youtube.com/user/ReshmonuFanClub Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/reshmonuofficially TWITTER: www.twitter.com/reshmonu      Instagram:Reshmonu    HANDS PERCUSSION is a world renowned percussion group from MalaysiaFrom humble beginnings of school grounds rehearsal space and rented instruments, the group has steadily grown from strength to strength. Demonstrating that intention, passion and hard-work never fail. http://www.hands.com.my/

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Do you like telling stories, write music, poetry, stories, then StoryTime is the place you can have your voice heard. Blog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more infoFaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBSTORIES1. Pritvii- M'sia - Pearl of Love2. Roger Jenkins - S'pore - 2 grains of sand3. Oni Lasana - USA - The Wife's doilies4. Edwin Sumun - M'sia - Blind DateVERSE from Hamlet1. Sukania VenugopalMUSIC1. Weijun - M'sia - "Back to Life" & Love Rise above" Oni Lasana is the "drama mama" of storytelling! She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA. She now lives on the island of Tobago, in the Caribbean sea.Her professional life as a storyteller started in 1994 and has presented her one woman show in theaters, schools, universities and storytelling festivals, across the USA, Germany and in Zimbabwe, Africa.To learn more about Oni. Visitwww.OniLasana.comPRITVII SANTHENA DEVANDRAN was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is a natural born storyteller and has strong oratory skills.  She is fascinated by different people, places and culture and is always keen to learn their stories.  Her favourite genre is folk tales.Pritvii attended primary school at Sekolah Rendah Bandar Sri Damansara 1 and was involved in numerous storytelling competition. It was at this time that storytelling reemerged as something she wanted to learn more about. In the 6 years she was there, she began to make storytelling a central part of her performance life.Pritvii won the district storytelling championship organized by Ministry of Education in 2016 and 2017. Pritvii also emerged as the state storytelling champion in the competition organized by Ministry of Education in 2016.  Ms Shanthini Venugopal, the renowned story teller was instrumental in sharpening Pritvii’s story telling skills during her preparation for these competitions.This recording for StoryTime will be the first of its kind for Pritvii. She hopes of being successful like Ms Shantini and Donna Washington in storytelling. Pritvii also aspires to write story books for children in the future following the footsteps of her trainer and mentor Ms Shanthini Venugopal. Pritvii is also a classical dancer inTemple of Fine Arts Malaysia. She has performed on many stages and celebrates her dancing skills with joy. She also trained some storytellers among her primary school juniors in a succession plan.  Her ability to tell stories was recognized by National University of Malaysia Alumni and was invited to demonstrate her skills to Tamil School Children around Klang Valley and was honored in many events.Pritvii also performs very well in her studies and obtained straight A’s in her primary school public exam and her ambition is to read law in one of the Ivy League universities.ROGER JENKINS is a Singaporean storyteller - really (born there and lived there over 40 years). He founded Singapore's annual 398.2 Storytelling Festival in 2015 and along with Sheila Wee andJeeva Raghunath is a Director of FEAST, the Federation of Asian Storytellers, which aims to promote the art of storytelling and tellers working in Asia. He has performed frequently at the PINKS Festival in Penang as well as in story festivals in Bangkok, Chennai, Jakarta, Kuching and Nairobi.  www.rogerjenkins.com.sgWEIJUN is no stranger in the Malaysian performing arts scene. Since his return to Malaysia after completing a Bachelor of Arts, Dance Degree in 2001 at Queensland University of Technology (Australia), he has been involved in many acclaimed theatre productions. He is best known for his involvements with Sutra Foundation under the artistic direction of Datuk Ramli Ibrahim.His many interests include photography, figure skating, teaching, multimedia production and making music.On the music front Weijun has produced music for numerous local theatre productions, short films and also dabbled in pop music.Weijun was nominated twice for Best Music & Sound Design for Dance at the BOH Cameronian Arts AwardsA finalist in the SUTASI Song writing competition , 2 top10 songs on the AMP Channel[V] charts, (no2. Move It/Make Your Body Mine, no8. Back To Life)Currently producing a show titled In Pieces featuring top Malaysian contemporary choreographers and actors with music and artistic direction by WeijunEDWIN SUMUN is an Award-winning Theatre Practitioner, however he is most recognised today for his work as his alter-ego, SHELAH.Little known fact: Edwin is a tech and comic geek (self-declared) and enjoys his bookshelf & reading corner. Shelah, on the other hand, enjoys entertaining. They make a cute couple. #relationshipgoalsKEVIN MCIVOR (WRITER - Blind Date) ....is finally free after 30 years locked up in the corporate world “I have 2 grown up daughters who no longer call at MY bank account”. He has lived in London, Prague, Panama City and now lives in Kuala Lumpur.He has been writing for 30 years and is still looking for an agent and publisher although he doesn’t look on a Wednesday. Kevin has three novels, a screenplay and a comedy series in the can plus numerous other short works including a children’s bookHe’s interested in art and paints (“but only in my studio in England”) & is fascinated by eyes. He hates discrimination in all its formsDo you like telling stories, write music, poetry, stories, then StoryTime is the place you can have your voice heard. Write to storytimejjb@gmail.comOur blog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more info

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STORIES1. Patrick Teoh - M'sia - Chinese New Year story2. Interview with Patrick Teoh3. Antonio Rocha - USA - Piano, the Ox4. Interview with Antonio Rocha5. Judith Elise Gomes - M'sia - Forever dog6. Jaan Gill - M'sia - The Pig who wanted to be KingMUSIC1. Bihzhu - "Heart Way" & " Easy Peasy"Blog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more infoFaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBPATRICK TEOH is a radio presenter and actor. He currently hosts a weekly radio programme, Pick Of The Pops on BFM89.9Patrick also acts on TV, film and stage. He was General Red Brow in the 2014 Netflix production of Marco Polo and was most recently seen on stage in the Singaporean WILD RICE production of Supervision in 2018.When he is not working Patrick loves to ride his tricycle. He has ridden with friends around the country and also as far as Thailand. Patrick recently, unofficially, took part in the Audax200. A 200km cycling event and completed it within the stipulated time of 13 hours.Patrick loves to tell stories.Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985.In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro – (Montanaaro).Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. ( pronunciation Marcel Marso) Mr. Rocha’s unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents.Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA.Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award winning DVDs, a picture book and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network.BIHZHU  Penang-born nightingale BIHZHU is blessed with a rich, soulful voice. Combined with her genuine songcraft that she calls 'heart music', her charming presence has enchanted audiences all over the world, from intimate acoustic concerts to music festivals all over Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, China, and Australia, and she’s fresh from her tour in India, January 2019.After years with pop-jazz band Rhapsody and dub outfit Layan Sound System, Bihzhu embarked on her solo career in 2011, launching it as a featured artist in Julie's Biscuits Nationwide 'Share The Love' campaign with her smile-inducing single, "The Heart Way".The infectious tune was also chosen for a Penang Global Tourism ad featuring the famed shoe couturier Dato’ Jimmy Choo on the Asian Food Channel that aired for 14 weeks in 10 different countries.Bihzhu also recently made a cameo appearance in the 2017 Penang Hokkien movie "You Mean The World To Me" directed by Saw Teong Hin, performing 'The Heart Way'.In 2011, her debut album 'Nightingale Tales' received much airplay on Malaysia’s national radio stations 9.88FM, Capital FM, BFM Radio, Traxx FM, AFO Radio, Hitz.FM, RedFM as well as the Los Angeles-based ‘Woman of Substance’ radio and Minneapolis’ Big Brain Radio Show in the United States.Her single "Bright Veins", released in March 2015, continues in the vein of uplifting music and she also penned the lyrics for "We Will Believe Again", the upbeat theme song for 2016's box office hit 'Ola Bola', by Chiu Keng Guan, Director of 'The Journey'.Judith Elise Gomes is a 20 year-old who has a passion for the performing arts and is pursuing a diploma in Marketing and Advertising.Previous items she has worked on include:Won first place in a storytelling competition (School level)Won third place in a storytelling competition (District level)Worked on an illustration for a book in 2012 (The Jumping JellyBeans)Directed two plays during high schoolStared as a witch in a high school playWas President of the Music club and Drama club in high schoolWorked as an intern for the Jumping JellyBeans from January to March in 2018Ever since Judith was young, she always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts, primarily in the acting and singing genre. However, she decided to also pursue a career in Marketing and Advertising when she decided to enrol in college. She still tries to find ways to incorporate her love of the performing arts into everyday life by joining a dance club and using singing and acting during certain presentations in college.Judith wants to have more opportunities to join more plays and is always looking to perform at open mics. She hopes that, one day, she will be able to find the perfect balance of her love for the performing arts and her studies.Hi, my name is Jaan Gill and I love doing voice overs and narration. In fact, since I fund my own tech and gadgets this way, I welcome any and all work that allows me to explore my voice and expand my gaming life. One thing I haven’t done yet, but is a ‘Big Goal’, is to do character voice acting for Anime, Cartoons and film. I have quite a few cultivated voices and let me just say that Lego Batman is my forte - you gotta hear it to believe it…I find that cooking is my zen and am always creating new recipes for my family and friends, especially for mum. I am a gaming head and love my down-time drawing characters. I don’t fit into a box and that suits me fine. My motto is ‘kindness all the way’.HOST - SHANTHINI VENUGOPALREMEMBER; StoryTime is a platform NOT just for professional  storytellers, it is for anyone with a passion for stories; children, youth, young adults and adults wishing to tell their tales....so get that phone out and start recording! and email them to us at storytimejjb@gmail.com 

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Blog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/ to get more infoFaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBSTORIES1. SV - M'sia - Why JellyBeans are Colourful2. Roger Jenkins- S'pore - Tongue Meat3. Lavenia - Indonesia - Bawang Putih, Bawang Merah4. Oni Lasana - USA/Tobago - 3 fishes in a pond5. Connie Regan Blake - USA - Dog, she is smart!MUSIC1. Chelsia - M'sia - "6am Sushi"2. Wei Jun - M'sia - "Like a Fish"SHANTHINI VENUGOPAL, host of StoryTime tells her original story “Why JellyBeans are Colourful”. She’s been in the performing arts industry for over 25 years. She lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. visit her blog to view her work www.thejumpingjellybeans.blogspot.comHer book is a National Best Seller with over 4000 copies sold. Unique feature of this book is that the illustrations for the book is done by 22 young illustrators ranging from 8 years to 24 years. She also produced an audio CD that was inserted in the first 2000 copies. The story you hear today is taken from that CD. The music is the artistic MUSICAL input of composer Saidah Rastam with effects done by Retnaguru Sandrkasan. Recording was done at ImagineX studio. If you’d like a buy the book, email thejumpingjellybeans@yahoo.com CHELSIA NG is an actor, singer, linguist, MC, TV, stage and film actor back with us this for Chapter 2. She’ll be playing her ukulele and singing one song live at the studio. It’s her latest composition called 6am Sushi.You-Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ChelsiaNgMusicROGER JENKINS is a Singaporean storyteller - really (born there and lived there over 40 years). He founded Singapore's annual 398.2 Storytelling Festival in 2015 and along with Sheila Wee and Jeeva Raghunath is a Director of FEAST, the Federation of Asian Storytellers, which aims to promote the art of storytelling and tellers working in Asia. He has performed frequently at the PINKS Festival in Penang as well as in story festivals in Bangkok, Chennai, Jakarta, Kuching and Nairobi.www.rogerjenkins.com.sgLAVENIA THALIA is a high school student from Stella Maris School in Indonesia. She's 17 years old and she won second place in the Asian English Olympics for storytelling.Her story: "Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih" or "The Shallot and the Garlic"Origin: Nusantara – a folklore adapted by LaveniaContact her via Instagram: @laveniathalia or via email: laveniathalia@gmail.comWEIJUN is no stranger in the Malaysian performing arts scene. Since his return to Malaysia after completing a Bachelor of Arts, Dance Degree in 2001 at Queensland University of Technology (Australia), he has been involved in many acclaimed theatre productions. He is best known for his involvements with Sutra Foundation under the artistic direction of Datuk Ramli Ibrahim.His many interests include photography, figure skating, teaching, multimedia production and making music.On the music front Weijun has produced music for numerous local theatre productions, short films and also dabbled in pop music.Weijun was nominated twice for Best Music & Sound Design for Dance at the BOH Cameronian Arts AwardsA finalist in the SUTASI Song writing competition2 top10 songs on the AMP Channel[V] charts(no2. Move It/Make Your Body Mine, no8. Back To Life)Currently producing a show titled In Pieces featuring top Malaysian contemporary choreographers and actors with music and artistic direction by WeijunONI LASANA is the "drama mama" of storytelling! She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA. She now lives on the island of Tobago, in the Caribbean sea.Her professional life as a storyteller started in 1994 and has presented her one woman show in theaters, schools, universities and storytelling festivals, across the USA, Germany and in Zimbabwe, Africa.To learn more about Oni. Visit www.OniLasana.comCONNIE REGAN-BLAKE  is one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. She has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. Entertaining audiences in 47 states, 18 countries, and 6 continents she brings the wisdom, humor, and drama of stories to main stage concert halls, libraries, and into the corporate world.  Both as a solo artist and a member of the acclaimed Folktellers duo, Connie has been featured on seven award-winning recordings – five audio and two videos produced by PBS. New Age Magazine, School Library Journal, and Southern Living have praised her work. She has been a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC Good Morning America and CNN.  When Connie takes the stage she generates a brightness and warmth, drawing in listeners with her engaging humor and Southern charm. Her stories range from hilarious traditional Appalachian Mountain tales to poignant true-life drama. A consummate professional, Connie’s rare talent can transform a convention hall into a wondrous landscape and turn a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends.  Connie has performed at the nation’s top folk music and storytelling festivals in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, as well as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Her groundbreaking collaboration with the Kandinsky Trio - an innovative blend of storytelling and chamber music - has been hailed as a “new art form.”  As a founding board member of the National Storytelling Association (formerly NAPPS), and a frequent host and featured performer at the National Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Connie helped ignite and shape the American storytelling revival.www.StoryWindow.comREMEMBER...... StoryTime is a platform NOT just for professional  storytellers, it is for anyone with a passion for stories; children, youth, young adults and adults wishing to tell their tales....so get that phone out and start recording! and email them to us at storytimejjb@gmail.com .

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Do you like telling stories, write music, poetry, stories, then StoryTime is the place you can have your voice heard. Write to storytimejjb@gmail.comBlog: https://storytimejjb.blogspot.com/FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryTimeJJBSTORIES1. SV - M'sia - about Ponggal2. Deepa Kiran- India - Mohini and Ajivika3. Johnny Gillet - UK - Anansi and the Magic Pot4. Rainbow Toy Narrators- M'sia - The Drought5. Antonio Rocha - USA - Uncle Pepe's AlligatorMUSIC1. Chelsia - "I'm sorry" and "Pick up the Phone"WHAT STORYTIME IS ALL ABOUT - read our blog https://storytimejjb.blogspot.comRainbow Toy NarratorsThe Menon Sisters, fondly known as Hiru & Dhi hail from KL. From an early age, Hiru, the oldest of the two used her toys to create characters in her stories and when her younger sister was old enough, Dhi was also hooked. She soon joined Hiru and the two made videos of their stories and posted them on YouTube with the help of their parents, Sham and Manu. Today’s story The Drought is written and narrated by Hiranya Menon.Rainbow Toy Narrators: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWNxZTp6Umoti7wa8VrO1gwJohnny Gillett – we are very fortunate to have him here with us in the studio. He has been in the performing arts industry for over 30 years, 10 of them as The Journey ManA long time ago, Johnny Gillett told stories to his younger brothers, as the eldest child of his family. His love of stories and of adventures meant that he later became an actor and traveled the world performing in almost 40 different countries. He listened carefully to the local stories and histories of the places that he visited, so that eventually he decide he would tell the tales himself. He then became known as The Journey Man and his travels brought him back to South East Asia. Although he stills flies off to other parts of the world, Johnny is now often in Kuala Lumpur where he not only shares his stories, but helps others to be storytellers, whether they are in schools, libraries, community projects or the business world. His desire is to help people see the power of stories and be able to share their own with confidence and excitement.Links www.TheJourneyManTheatre.comFB: The Journey ManAntonio Rocha,Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985.In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to go to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro – (Montanaaro).Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. ( pronunciation Marcel Marso) Mr. Rocha’s unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents.Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA.Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award winning DVDs, a picture book and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network. visit www.storyinmotion.comDeepa Kiran from Hyderabad  is an international storyteller, educationalist, writer, TED speaker and voice-over artist. Founder of Story Arts Foundation. She loves to connect and grow with sharing stories, music, love and laughter. She has worked with hundreds of children, young adults and teachers both in India and overseasShe has been invited to many International Storytelling events all over the world and has earned several awards. Every year she organizes a World Storytelling Celebration in Hyderabad and at the International Storytelling Festival, Bhuvaneshwar. www.deepakiran.in   Email over2deepakiran@gmail.comYouTube: DeepaKiran Storyteller   FB: DeepaKiran    Instagram: over2storytellerStoryTime Music:StoryTime is more than oral story telling...whenever possible, we will feature singer/songwriters who will share with you their stories and why they wrote their songsMeet our first in many singer/songwriters that we will be featured in our programme.Meet Chelsia Ng, an actor, singer, linguist, MC, TV, stage and film actor.....what hasn’t she done?? She’s here at the studio so let’s hear from her directly as to what she’s up to.You-Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ChelsiaNgMusicWe would love to hear your feedback and suggestions about StoryTime and it’d be a bonus if you submitted your stories as well.Email : storytimejjb@gmail.com