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Lessons in culture from out of Africa

CULTURAL CELEBRATION ... Lions of Zululand members Phakamani Shange, left, and Thokozile Mthembu, right, with pupils from Bamburgh School in South Shields.

CULTURAL CELEBRATION ... Lions of Zululand members Phakamani Shange, left, and Thokozile Mthembu, right, with pupils from Bamburgh School in South Shields.

A GROUP of performers came out of Africa to brighten up lessons at a South Tyneside school.

The Lions of Zululand are a team of African musicians and dancers aiming to introduce the world to the richness of traditional Zulu culture.

Performing in schools, hotels, festivals and theatres around the globe, they make every appearance a cultural celebration.

The Lions of Zululand thrilled pupils and staff during a performance this week at Bamburgh School, in Norham Avenue, South Shields.

Dr Victoria Taylor, a spokesman for the school, said: “The day was fantastic. It started out with a morning performance, involving dancing and singing.

“The rest of the day consisted of four workshops in culture, dance, music and art, then, at the end of the day, there was a final concert and a whole-school performance of the African dancing and singing that they taught the children.

“All the students enjoyed themselves, and it was invaluable in helping students in Bamburgh School be more culturally aware.

“The group were really good with the children too. It was a really fabulous experience.”

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