"Just wanted to say a big thank you to the Zulu stars, Thandanani, Zama, Mzwandile, Buhle, Khethukuthula and Paul for their
wonderful performances for the public during Mandela Day at the British Museum. Many thanks especially for being so generous with theirr time to allow the visitors to be photographed with them." - Hilary Williams, The British Museum, London.
"Oh my GOD what a beautiful night was had by all in a small village of
Chinley Derbyshire with this act. Being from South Africa myself it was
very very very emotional. I just wanted to say thank you thank you thank
you to them all. I wanted to invite them back to my home to party all
night. Please thank them from me." - Leonie Gater
"I saw Zulu Tradition last night at Chinley, it was a packed house and they
were fantastic! So brilliantly musical and rhythmic, electric
personalities and very inspirational, everyone loved them." Lynne Knowling
Imagine a youthful, mixed gender, Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high-energy dance. ZULU Tradition is company of genuine young Zulu singers and
dancers who deliver a heady mix of traditional African harmonies and high-energy, 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 concert was spectacular!
- Plas Machynnleth, Wales (Sponsored by Night Out / Arts Council of Wales)
At Shaka Zulu in London
At the British Museum for the first UN Mandela Day
'I have just been to a fantastic gig at Quarndon Church
Hall with Zulu and my mind is now racing of how to get to see them
again and also bring them to my kids' primary
- Sally Wallwin
From prestigious events at the British Museum and the South African High Commission to community events at your local school, ZuluThis new and vibrant company of Zulus reaches back into the past to preserves ancient skills while stretching forwards to contemporary Africa. Direct from Durban in KwaZulu Natal, individual members of ZULU have performed in the UK and abroad, including special events for the Queen and for Nelson Mandela. They are not only great concert performers, but also excellent communicators who can deliver outdoor performances for special events, festivals, summer-seasons, galas and even weddings. They also offer a range of educational workshops for young people of all ages and abilities.
Video Filmed at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, N.Yorks, 2nd June 2012
Buhle Mhlongo leads the song, Xolani Mbatha does the introduction.
"ZULU Tradition really helped to bring the South Africa theme and
atmosphere to our event. They got the audience really engaged with the
music and really brought the evening alive, whilst being extremely flexible
with our timings and requirements. I would highly recommend Zulu
Tradition to other event organisers and will definitely keep them in mind
for all future events." Suzanne Ryder Richardson for British Red Cross event at South African High Commission
A typical show from ZULU encompasses: Maskandi (indigenous Zulu music);
traditional song & dance compilations comprising of Zulu psalms (AMAHUBO);
traditional songs (AMACULO ESINTU);
and various genres of traditional dance (i.e. iINGOMA, UMZANSI, ISIGENYANE, NENDLAMU) plus visual arts - costume and beadwork. They place great value on the oral relaying of information from the older generation to the youngest (UKUTHAMUNDWA)
Choosing peace is not an act of cowardice, but the manifestation of wisdom.
Zulu for Festivals
Information for Artistic Directors and programmers
Zulu is a young, multi-telented and versatile company. They present a powerful main-stage show combining song and dance with drums. They are also happy to do outdoor (unamplified) song and dance performances (street of 'field' entertainment) and workshops for young people and adults. They are easy to work with and all of them speak English. They'll work with adults, children or family groups, outdoors or indoors. They aren't stingy with their time, often taking extra time after a show for photograohs and to talk to people individually (and even do impromptu teaching sessions if someone asks a relevant question). Festivals get great value out of this amazing act on so many levels.
Whatever your festival there will be many opportunities for audience interaction. Zulu gathers admirers from across all age ranges with their rhythmic percussion, vibrant dance and soul-stirring harmony singing.
"Powerful traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums and glorious vocal harmonies. Guaranteed to hold any audience spellbound."
In addition to the festival performance and workshops themselves ZULU are experienced educators with a diverse programme of educational workshops and many years experience of delivering them as part of a cohesive festival outreach programme.Talk to us about one-off workshops or a schools residency leading up to your festival.
* Diversity awareness
* Breaking down the barriers surrounding prejudice
* Ethnic, religious and racial equality
* Community building
* International understanding leading to local benefits
ZULU offers a total cultural experience!
Zulu's gig list. Please note private, corporate events, weddings and educational workshops are not listed. Please enquire for available dates
Glebe Field Ctr, Derbys
Leeds, W. Yorks
Broadstairs Folk Week
Broadstairs Folk Week
Towersey Festival, Oxon
Hull Folk Festival, TBC
Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness, Cumbria