The award-winning AFRICA UMOJA – the world-renowned music and entertainment experience that has captivated audiences in over 50 countries – heads to New Orleans from Oct. 9-14 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
This is the third USA Tour, for the performance direct from South Africa, sharing the story, songs, dance, arts and cultural heritage of South Africa in a two-hour whirl of dazzling choreography, vibrant costumes, and spirited performances, the Africa Umoja USA Tour 2018 is marking a centennial celebration of the beloved late South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday, who would have turned 100 years old in July.
Presented by the International Arts Foundation of New Orleans, the Africa Umoja USA Tour features a show that will display South Africa’s history and cultural traditions, the passion and energy of its people, including tribal dances that go back hundreds of years, and a special tribute to Mandela.
Uniting a massive ensemble of dancers, singers, and performers from South Africa, Africa Umoja was created by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni with their dream of helping underprivileged youth in South Africa and keeping their country’s traditions alive. Says Ernest Kelly, executive producer of the Africa Umoja USA Tour: “Africa Umoja is a world-class theater experience, with tremendous cultural value. The music/songs, dance, drummers and musicians are inspiring and unifying, especially during this time in America, the message and spirit of Africa Umoja feels incredibly important.”
The International Arts Foundation also presents the 5,000 Kids initiative in conjunction with the USA Tour. The 5,000 Kids initiative is an invitation for schools, corporations, churches and community-based organizations as well as humanitarians to help the International Arts Foundation introduce and educate young people about the historical influences of South Africa, the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and South Africa’s rich arts and culture. They are soliciting contributions to purchase up to 5,000 tickets for elementary, middle, and high school aged students. Sherill Hadrick will manage the donation process at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the spirit of unity, this is an opportunity to connect the community with education and the performing arts.
Africa Umoja has garnered awards from various countries and has been critically acclaimed internationally, performed for royalty and political leaders, and toured Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and the United States.
Participating sponsors of the AFRICA UMOJA USA Tour 2018 include: South African Airways, International Arts Foundation, Department of Arts and Culture Republic of South Africa, and International Arts Solutions.
A don’t-miss theater experience that will inspire the whole family, for more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.africaumojausatour.com/