Enrichment Day – July 2015

On Friday 3rd July we were lucky enough to welcome The Lions of Zululand in to Brookfield. They are a cultural group of musicians and dancers whose aim is to expose to the world the wonderful richness of traditional Zulu culture.

Group founder and director Mdu Mkize from KwaMashu has spent several years developing and training a wonderful, professional group of young people, often from the poorest regions. The young people enjoy promoting African culture, fulfilling their potential and earning a livelihood to support their families and are from KwaMashu, Umlazi, Lindelani and Umkhomazi.

They rehearse constantly to further develop and expand their dynamic repertoire. All members come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are extremely talented. The group also share information about Zulu cultural practices, the beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal and teach their audiences how to speak a little of King Shaka’s language.

At Brookfield we were privileged to have an hour long show of traditional singing and dancing. This was followed by the boys being involved in four different workshops. They learned a traditional Zulu song, a traditional dance, did some art work involving drawing the artefacts the Zulus brought with them and finally listened to stories about Zulu culture and traditions.

One highlight of the day was the International football fixture that took place at lunchtime in which Brookfield took on the mighty Zulus! I am very pleased to report that Brookfield was victorious with a 2-1 victory in spite of poor pitch conditions!!

The end of the day saw a final display of singing and dancing that all of the boys took part in with one of them actually taking the lead and another treating us to a display of his break dancing skills! A fabulous day was had by all and grateful thanks go to Happy Days charity that funded the whole cost of this wonderful experience.