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Storytellers, dance troupe and a theatre company

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

By Jenny Moody

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A THEATRE company, storytellers, band and dance troupe is set to take to the stage for a unique show in Kingstone.

Zulu Tradition will perform at Kingstone with Gratwich Village Hall, in Church Lane, from 7pm on Friday.

The group is a theatre company, dance troupe, a storytellers and school of educators all rolled into one.

Direct from Durban, South Africa, the individual members of Zulu have previously performed in the UK as part of The Mighty Zulu Nation and on the West End in The Lion King.

They have performed around the world for royalty and senior government alike, including the Queen, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

Staged in colourful authentic costumes, this energetic show encompasses a wide range of musical styles to present a spectacle of rich African culture.

The audience will be taken on a journey to experience Maskandi (traditional Zulu music), afro-jazz and traditional Zulu songs and psalms.

The cast will also use various genres of traditional dance and dramatisation to showcase their spiritual culture.

A review described the show as a ‘Powerful traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums and glorious vocal harmonies. Guaranteed to hold any audience spellbound’.

On their website, Zulu say: “Imagine a youthful, mixed gender, Ladysmith Black Mambazo with h i g h - e n e r g y dance.

“Zulu Tradition is a company of genuine young Zulu singers and dancers who deliver a heady mix of traditional African h a r m o n i e s and highenergy, athletic dance — all traditionally costumed — and supported by drum-rhythms.

“Their stage shows are exciting, enthralling and hugely entertaining and they attract enthusiastic audiences.”

The show, which runs for approximately 90 minutes, is aimed at adults and families, from age six and over.

Tickets cost £10 which includes a supper and are available from Valerie Laflin on 01889 500547 or Dave Humphrey on 01889 500787. Audience members are asked to bring their own drinks and glasses.

More information on Zulu is available by visiting the website at www.jacey-bedford.com/zulu.htm.

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