If you weren't in Richmond, VA this weekend you missed a heck of a party when "White Zulu", David Jenkins teamed up with other Zulus, Xhosas, Tswanas and Americans at this wonderful festival at Grayhaven Winery.
See for yourself what fun they had. There was singing, dancing and a great finales when just about the entire audience tried their hand at Zulu dancing for the men and the Xhosa version of the Macarena for women.
And don't worry - we're bringing the party to you! We're doing a private, invitation-only Braai at the end of September in Scarsdale and a big show at a New York Club. If you'd like to be on our invite list send us a note at email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
David Jenkins, the so-called “White Zulu” from KwaZulu-Natal wowed audiences last night at Madiba in Brooklyn with his first U.S. performance.
Singing in English and Zulu he combined traditional maskandi hits from the Zulu heartland with Johnny Clegg standards like “Asimbonango” -the tribute to Nelson Mandela - and his original songs from his (South African Traditional Music Awards) SATMA-nominated album, “Child of Africa”.
The crowd hummed along to the Clegg hits like “Impi” and “The Crossing” while the ended the evening when the crowd called for an encore with a “singalong” - which turned out to be a reprise of the near-anthemic “Asimbonanga” which laments the jailing of Mandela and now serves as a reminder of the anti-apartheid struggle and the accomplishments of the new South Africa.
The 19 year old Jenkins, who combines choir boy looks with a full Zulu regalia of skins and rainbow colors represents a once unthinkable amalgam of cultures – traditional Africa and post-colonial Europe.
Jenkins will be performing at the South African Food Festival near Richmond, VA on Sep. 10-11 and will be returning to New York for additional performances before embarking on a West Coast and Florida tour.
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