African warriors hope to conquer Dudley Castle today when dancers and musicians in full Zulu regalia perform in the courtyard at the heart of DZG at 11.30am and 1.30pm.
Members of Zulu Tradition, an educational company, will be offering a taste of Africa’s history and culture when they perform two shows with traditional song and dance compilations, incorporating Zulu psalms, plus visual arts showcasing costumes and beadwork.
The shows will start with a Zulu parade from the African hunting dogs enclosure where keepers will be laying on enrichment activities with the animals to illustrate natural behaviour like hunting and tracking and lead to the courtyard for the performances.
Spokesman Thanda Gumede, said: “Through rhythmic percussion, vibrant dance and soul-stirring harmony singing we hope to give visitors a powerful and true taste of Zulu life. “Everything will be authentic from the Amaculo Esintosongs to the various genres of traditional Umzansi andNendlamu dance.”
DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “Zulu Tradition’s high energy performances offer a glimpse of a fascinating culture and it will certainly be the first time we’ve had African warriors take over Dudley Castle courtyard in its 900-year history!
“The group will encourage visitors to join their parade into the courtyard where they will perform their authentic music and dance. It promises to be a fantastic event and we are hoping people will come along and experience a taste of South Africa right here at the heart of the zoo.”
ZULU TRADITION WILL PERFORM TODAY AT 11.30am AND 1.30pm