Baba Tony’s Story

I n Ki-Swahili the name Baba means Father, Grandfather or Leader. To Baba Tony storytelling is sacred, whenever a story is told we need to be focused on listening and giving our total attention to learning. Baba Tony believes stories can transform and inspire its listeners. This is why Baba Tony Brown is a storyteller. He is also a drummer, a banjo player, a coach, and a Certified Coach Facilitator. Baba Tony works with children and adults whether it’s telling stories or facilitating workshops. He has an amazing ability to create an environment for learning, growth and development while being entertaining and creating a lot of fun for participants.

His passion is in creating positive and heart driven situations for his audiences to enjoy. And he believes that storytelling can inspire, confirm, validate, and engage the imagination, as well as enhance listening skills for both children and adults. Storytelling is also a great way to plant seeds for one’s morality and values. His main focus is culturally based inspiring stories and multi-ethnic stories

Baba Tony Brown has graced many stages whether he was storytelling , drumming or facilitating workshops:

  • The DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL
  • Illinois Storytelling Festival, Spring Grove, IL
  • F.A.M.E. Festival, Merrillville, Indiana
  • Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, Indiana
  • School Assemblies throughout the Chicago land Area
  • Unity of Oak Park Church, Oak Park, IL
  • The Woodlawn Organization, Chicago, IL
  • Oak Park Library, Oak Park, IL
  • Printers Row Book Fair, Chicago, IL
  • The Rice Family Reunion, Bloomingdale, IL

Baba Tony works with Your Favorite Storytellers Foundation, Inc., which has produced The Men of Storytelling and The Women of Storytelling, It’s all About Heshima, Respect, concerts. Recently Your Favorite Storytellers, Inc. released a 3-CD package of “The Men of Storytelling” recorded live at the DuSable Museum: Producer – Baba Tony Brown. Now Available

The New Rhythm for today’s Oral Tradition of Storytelling

If your looking to bring a new rhythm to a storytelling performance for your Head Start center, festival, concert, school assembly, art association, museum, university, college, church, library, family reunion, corporation and community center, Baba Tony’s programs can be custom designed to meet your needs and themes. Make your next event one that can feature storytelling and music at its best. Our programs are entertaining, inspiring, educational, informative, literacy based, fun, and stimulating to the imagination.


  • NABS – The National Association of Black Storytellers – Lifetime Member
  • Ase: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers
  • Your Favorite Storytellers Foundation, Inc.
  • Oak Tree Storytelling Guild of Oak Park
  • National Storytelling Network
  • Tejas Storytelling Association
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
  • African American Arts Alliance of Chicago