Project Zulu tour wowing audiences all over the UK

Issue date: 28 September 2015

The children of the Project Zulu choir performing for BBC Radio Bristol

Gala Concert, Colston Hall, 6 October, 19:30

There are still tickets remaining for the final Gala Concert of the 2015 Project Zulu tour at the Colston Hall in Bristol on 6th October.

The extraordinary children from Sithobelumthetho Primary School in Madadeni Township South Africa who are touring the UK as Project Zulu 2015 have wowed audiences all over the region. The choir and dance group have performed in schools all over the West Country, St Davids in Wales, major concert halls and in even the Fan zone in Brighton during the Rugby World cup where they had the amazing honour of performing for the South Africa Springboks team.

Ben Knight, Project Zulu founder and Senior Lecturer UWE Bristol, says, “It's been simply incredible what a reception the children are deservedly getting. People just can't get enough of the talent and the energy of the children who have immersed themselves in this once in a life time opportunity to bring their music and dance to the UK.

“I can only describe the reaction to each performance as jaw dropping. I don't think people quite know what to expect but it's certain that the children are exceeding expectations whenever they open their mouths to sing. The Project Zulu group has been busy fundraising for new classrooms and they exceeded all expectations when they busked in central Bristol by the fountains, at Pero's Bridge and in Broadmead, raising nearly £1000 in under two hours.

“When the children performed for the Springboks after the match last weekend the players all turned their phones on and took photos and films to share on social media which is simply priceless publicity for their cause.

“We have some very heart-warming stories coming from the hosts who are giving the children homes during the tour. The Bristol Rugby club player Nick Koster and his wife were so keen to act as hosts. As a white Afrikaans South African, it speaks volumes about how society in South Africa has moved on that Nick and his wife are opening their home to some of these young Zulu children and we are thrilled that he has joined the many kind hosts who have helped to make the Project Zulu tour possible. On Sunday 20th September the choir performed on the pitch at Aston Gate before Bristol Rugby's win over Nottingham.”

Now in the final two weeks of their tour, Project Zulu are gearing up for the biggest event – the Gala Concert at the Bristol Colston Hall. They will be joined by the UWE Big Band, Gurt Lush Choir and Mankala for one last concert before heading home.

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

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