Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa

Written and directed by OrigiNation Founding Artistic Director and celebrated choreographer, Shaumba Yandje Dibinga, Tafuta! blends music, dance and poetry to tell the story of a young child who is bullied in school because of his family’s tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. The child ultimately embraces his heritage, discovers his own voice and self-empowerment and draws on the strength found in this African American tradition to triumph over the bullies. Tafuta is the only play of its kind and is surely going to make audiences understand the importance of family and traditions. The cast includes children ages 7-16 from all over Massachusetts including students from private, public and charter schools.

“This is a wonderful event for families to learn about Kwanzaa and celebrate diversity among holiday celebrations!” says Dibinga. As stated by the founder of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community. It brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.“

About OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center

Founded in 1994, OrigiNation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts program that utilizes dance as a vehicle to develop leadership, confidence and self-sufficiency among boys and girls ages 3-18 from underserved communities with limited access to quality dance and theater programs is limited. OrigiNation serves over 300 boys and girls annually through its on-site programs. It serves an additional 5,000 youth through its domestic and international outreach, education and touring programs. To date OrigiNation’s youth have performed, taught, and conducted service projects in the South African cities of Johannesburg, Capetown, Pretoria, Soweto (2007); Dakar, Senegal (2009); and London England (2010); New Orleans, LA (2011) and Accra, Ghana (2012).

About ShapeUp with Shaumba

ShapeUp with Shaumba works with school and programs throughout the year to get young people moving through dance and calisthenics. We also teach children the importance of eating healthier and using their voice to relay how they are feeling. ShapeUp also runs smaller group programs which involve one on one and family involvement.

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