Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality invites you to Shukumis’umzimba / Shake Your Body This Heritage Day

BY SUPPLIED - SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Celebrate this year’s Heritage Day by learning Xhosa dance moves at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. 

Two introductory dance workshops will be run by the Xhosa dance group, Qhama Africa, lead by dancer Mninawa Mangweni. The first workshop will start at 9h30 on Wednesday, 24 September, while the second workshop is scheduled for 9h30 on Friday, 26 September.

All ages are welcome to join.

Bookings can be made through the Art Museum’s front desk, tel. 041 506 2000, email: [email protected] or visit us to make a booking at 1 Park Drive, Central, Port Elizabeth Space is limited, so please book now.

The workshops will run for approximately two and half hours and will include background on traditional dance, learning some basic steps, and a demonstration by the experts. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing in which they can easily move. The more adventurous are encouraged to bring some ethnic Xhosa flair to their outfits with beadwork, face-painting and traditional clothing. 

This fun programme will begin with marimba music and a brief tour of the exhibition For Future Generations: Hugh Tracey And The International Library Of African Music (Ilam), which was curated in 2010 by the ILAM staff based at Rhodes University and has been on tour around the country, starting at the Origin Centre in Gauteng.

The exhibition features stunning images, publications, film and video, audio recordings and a display of traditional African instruments that relate to Hugh Tracey and his son, Andrew’s, field research.

Tracey made 19 field excursions between 1928 and the early 1970s, traveling as far north as the then Belgian Congo. His field recordings, covering east, central and southern Africa, are among the most important collections of African music in the world.

Come and join us for a fun afternoon or morning of Xhosa dance. Raise your heart-beat while learning something new about the rich, unique heritage of the Eastern Cape.

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