WORLD-RENOWNED, AWARD-WINNING AFRICA UMOJA TOUR KICKS OFF THIRD TOUR ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, WITH NEW DATES RUNNING SEPTEMBER 22ND – NOVEMBER 9TH
USA TOUR HITS WASHINGTON DC, MIAMI, NEW ORLEANS, BALTIMORE, ATLANTA, AND HOUSTON
New Orleans, LA (September 18, 2018) – The world-renowned music and entertainment experience AFRICA UMOJA – which has garnered critical acclaim and standing ovations – will present a special celebration during its third USA Tour this Fall. Hailing from South Africa, the Africa Umoja USA Tour 2018 kicks off its new tour starting September 22nd in Washington DC. Running September 22nd to November 9th, the tour marks a centennial celebration of beloved late South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday, who would have turned 100 years old on July 18th earlier this year. Tickets are available now. A 5,000 Kids educational arts initiative is also being presented during this third USA Tour.
Sharing the story, songs, dance, arts and cultural heritage of South Africa in a two-hour whirl of dazzling choreography, vibrant costumes, and spirited performances, the Africa Umoja show has been performed before royalty and world leaders, and impacted audiences in over 50 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and the United States. The Africa Umoja USA Tour 2018 is presented by the International Arts Foundation of New Orleans. In a moving spectacle honoring ancestral traditions, the country’s pride, and a tribute to Mandela led by a massive ensemble of dancers, singers, and young performers from South Africa, the Africa Umoja USA Tour 2018 will tour Washington DC; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; Baltimore, MD; Atlanta, GA; and Houston, TX.
Presented by the International Arts Foundation, the 5,000 Kids initiative is an invitation for schools, corporations, churches, community-based organizations, and humanitarians to help the Foundation introduce and educate young people about the historical influences of South Africa, the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and South Africa’s rich arts and culture during this USA Tour. They are soliciting contributions to purchase up to 5,000 tickets per market for elementary, middle, and high school-aged students. The donation process will be managed by Sherill Hadrick at [email protected]. In the spirit of unity, this is an opportunity to connect community with education and the performing arts.
Africa Umoja was created by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni with their dream of helping underprivileged youth in South Africa and keeping their country’s traditions alive, with displays including the Venda Snake Dance, the sounds and dancing of Kwaito, and more. Says Ernest Kelly, executive producer of the Africa Umoja USA Tour: “Africa Umoja is a world class theater experience, with tremendous cultural value. 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.”
Participating sponsors of the AFRICA UMOJA USA Tour 2018 include: South African Airways, International Arts Foundation, Department of Arts and Culture Republic of South Africa, and International Arts Solutions. An unforgettable theatrical experience for the whole family, for more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.africaumojausatour.com/
AFRICA UMOJA USA Tour Dates 2018:
September 22nd – Washington, DC – Lisner Auditorium
September 26th – October 7th – Miami, FL – Miramar Cultural Arts Center
October 9th – 14th – New Orleans, LA – Mahalia Jackson Theater
October 16th – 28th – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome Theatre
October 30th – November 6th – Atlanta, GA – Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center
November 8th – 9th – Houston, TX – The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
About the AFRICA UMOJA Tour
AFRICA UMOJA: The Spirit of Togetherness is a two-hour explosion of song and dance performed for Kings, Presidents and members of the public in over 50 countries worldwide. AFRICA UMOJA: The Spirit of Togetherness, tells the tale of South Africa, its people, and their song. It is easy to understand how AFRICA UMOJA packed theatres around the world over the years. This is musical theatre at its exhilarating best. http://www.africaumojausatour.com/