Florence, South Carolina 2021-07-19 09:52:12 –
Charleston, South Carolina (WCBD) – A song familiar to people who grew up in the mid-’90s. “Come and play together in bright sunny weather …” Gala, Gala Island was a popular children’s show aired on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 1998.
That continues as African-American families learn about life with friends, neighbors, and their big yellow pet tadpole Binya Binya.
What made it special, especially for those who grew up in the low country, was the islands of the South Carolina Sea.
In this week’s episode,let’s talk,’News 2 anchor and podcast host Carolyn Murray speaks to Gullah-Geechee’s people and culture-based show co-producers and stars Ron and Natalie Daise.
Ron was born and raised in St. Helena. He met his wife, Natalie, when she moved from New York to Lowcountry and created a series to sing with.
Through storytelling, singing, and gameplay, they transformed their daily activities into moments of instruction.
“The network didn’t know it would be that popular,” Ron said. “I think,’Okay, now I can move on,’ but at that time there were four years of production, and until then Nick Jr. had a total of three shows.”
“In terms of success, I remember one day the Executive Director of Nickelodeon said something like,’Do you know how many millions of people see this every day?'” Natalie recalls. Did.
But how did it all come together? Natalie said she worked in the town of Hilton Head Island and quit her job as both a storyteller and a performer so she could get out on the road full-time.
“I was doing community performances, reading and dramatizing,” Ron said. “And Natalie said at that time,’Wouldn’t it be great to be like Ruby Dee or Ossie Davis?'”
They gave skits and presentations for schools and community organizations. “We grew and developed over time, but at least I always had the feeling that this was what we were doing and that it would lead to something. I know what it would lead to. No, but it will lead to something, “Ron said.
Natalie said Gala, Gala Island, was brought about by grace. “We were traveling and performing. At that time we had a baby-she was a great road baby-and she got pregnant again and we started talking. Having one baby on the road is one thing. “
While Natalie was pregnant, they started looking for something else. “We went to some people we admire and what do you think is next for us? They said,” Well, you’ve been playing long enough to get a benefits job. It’s time to grow up now. ” I didn’t care what was next … “
When I started talking about children’s television at dinner with a friend who was a novelist, there was no diversity. A friend said, “I know that Nickelodeon will diversify.” She and her partner had already touted a show that wasn’t featured when Ron and Natalie were introduced to the network.
Nickelodeon CEO said, “Wow, I always wanted to do a show about the island. Maybe I could do a show about you,” Natalie said. “The production company, Network, was very open to respect and incorporating culture into the show. Not only against that background, but also a kind of saturation. Things came naturally. “
Listen to the podcasts on the players above to hear more about their journey to create special shows and Gala-Gee Chi culture.
Note: This episode features music from Marlena Smalls and Hallelujah Singers.
‘Gullah, Gullah Island’ stars Ron and Natalie talk about the show’s creation and overall success Source link ‘Gullah, Gullah Island’ stars Ron and Natalie talk about the show’s creation and overall success