Project Zulu choir returns to wow UK audiences

Issue date: 18 May 2016


Project Zulu choir

After the huge success of their 2013 and 2015 UK choir tours, the inspirational Project Zulu choir from the Madadeni Township, South Africa have just returned to the UK for a four week tour to entertain audiences in Bristol and beyond with their incredible talent.

Supported by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the Atlas Foundation, Project Zulu are an extraordinary ensemble of singing, drumming and dancing children from six partner schools in the Madadeni Township, KwaZulu-Natal.

Ben Knight, Project Zulu founder and Senior Lecturer UWE Bristol, says,"I'm delighted that with support from UWE Bristol, Project Zulu are able to facilitate the 2016 choir tour. This time the children are drawn from all six of our partner schools, making this the first community children's choir from Madadeni Township. Proceeds will be used by each school to address its own development needs on projects ranging from library building to installing playground equipment and even a classroom roof.

“I am proud of what PZ has been able to achieve with UWE Bristol's support and so pleased that once again a group of talented young people from a poor region of South Africa will have the chance to showcase their extraordinary talents to raise money for things they lack; improving education for themselves and their schoolmates."

Audiences have been captivated by the enthusiasm and energy of the young performers, raising nearly £1000 in 90 minutes at a central Bristol busk on the last tour. Project Zulu fans are advised to purchase concert tickets early to avoid missing out.

Highlights include:

Friday 3 June - London Community Gospel Choir Concert- 19.30

Project Zulu are joined by the London Community Gospel Choir for one night only. These two incredibly talented choirs are coming together for an unforgettable evening of traditional and Zulu gospel song. Performing at The Tab Centre, Islington. This is a FREE event. Arrive early as seating is limited.

Saturday 4 June, Gumboot Flashmob, Central Bristol location

Bring your wellies and join in with the Zulu dancers to perform the traditional Gumboot dance. You don't have to be an expert, it's an opportunity to have some fun and help raise awareness of Project Zulu. Get practising at home and watch this short tutorial – Gumboot Video to get you started; there will be one rehearsal before the performance. For full details and to sign up visit: http://www.projectzulu.org/pages/flashmob

Thursday 9 June, Project Zulu Joint Concert, St George's Bristol, 19.30

A joint performance with Bristol Youth Choir and UWE Choir

Friday 10 June, Project Zula Gala Concert, St George's Bristol, 19.30

The final performance, watch the Project Zulu choir end the current tour in style. See you again in 2018. For tickets visit: www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

To enjoy the performances again, be sure to purchase your copy of the Project Zulu Choir album, which they'll be recording whilst on tour at Clifton College.

There will also be the chance to enjoy performances at the Blagdon Fete (21/5);Bath International Music Festival (20/5); Bristol Rugby Pitch performance (25/5); Shipham (28/5);St David's, Wales –concert and busking (30-31/5). Schools around the UK have also fundraised to bring the choir into their classrooms for workshops and performances. For full events listing – visit http://www.projectzulu.org/events

Naomi Steeds, Project Zulu Coordinator, said, “I speak for all of Project Zulu's trustees when I say that we're really excited to be bringing our first ever community choir to the UK. All money raised from this year's tour will be split equally between the six schools thus having a positive impact on the educational facilities for several thousand children within the township. As with all of our choir tours, the Project Zulu team and our wonderful supporters have worked hard to fundraise to bring the choir to the UK. This means that every penny the choir raise whilst touring is sent straight back to their township schools.

“It's going to be a very busy but rewarding few weeks for everyone involved, with performances up and down the country, recording their own album, visiting schools, busking and selling concert tickets. The Project Zulu children in particular should feel very proud of what they're about to achieve for their schools. They will go home not only having raised funds to improve their education but will also go back feeling empowered by what they've achieved. “

To follow the tour on twitter follow @Project_Zulu and to read about the history of this amazing group visit the Project Zulu webpages.

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