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Africa Umoja an Experience for the Entire Family

The world-renowned music and entertainment experience Africa Umoja will present a special celebration when it stops in the U.S. this fall.

The Africa Umoja USA Tour 2018 kicks off Saturday, Sept. 22 in D.C. at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University.

The acclaimed tour, which runs through Nov. 9, marks the centennial celebration of beloved late South African leader Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 years old this year.

Sharing the story, songs, dance, arts and cultural heritage of South Africa in a two-hour show of dazzling choreography, vibrant costumes and spirited performances, the Africa Umoja experience has been seen before royalty, world leaders and affected audiences in over 50 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and the United States.

“Africa Umoja is a world-class theater experience with tremendous cultural value,” said Ernest Kelly, executive producer of the tour. “The music, songs, dance, drummers and musicians are inspiring and unifying, especially during this time in America, the message and spirit of Africa Umoja feels incredibly important.”

Presented by the International Arts Foundation of New Orleans along with the 5,000 Kids Educational Arts Initiative, the Africa Umoja tour seeks to educate young people about the historical influences of South Africa, the legacy of Mandela and South Africa’s arts and culture.

They are soliciting contributions to purchase up to 5,000 tickets per market for elementary, middle and high school-aged students.

Created by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni, Africa Umoja aims to help underprivileged youth in South Africa and keep their country’s traditions alive, with displays including the Venda Snake Dance, the sounds and dancing of Kwaito and more.

Tickets are available at AfricaUmojaTour.com and gwtickets.com. All Washington Informer readers are eligible for a 40 percent discount on tickets with the code AFRICAUMOJA18.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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