On Friday, October 9th we were lucky enough to have an assembly by the University of Pretoria's Indigenous Choir. The city of Pretoria is one of the three capital cities of the Republic of South Africa.
There were 22 performers and they shared music, dances, and traditions from a variety of the tribes in South Africa. Most of the musicians spoke at least 3 languages and are studying for a variety of majors, including law, education, chemistry, engineering and biology.
And here is a video of one of their beautiful songs:
Here is a video of one of their energetic dances:
After the whole school assembly, many classrooms were able to have a few of the performers visit and share additional information. We had three students visit us. Their names were Yanga, Duduzile, and Thandeka.
They talked with a 5th grade class about South Africa's many different regions, tribes, and languages. They also explained the symbolism of their country's beautiful flag.
One of the most interesting things they talked about was how many different tribes and languages there are in South Africa. There are 11 different official languages, but several of them are closely related. All three of the students who visited us spoke languages from the Nguni family of languages. (Yanga spoke Xhosa, and Duduzile and Thandeka spoke Zulu.) Of course, they also spoke English, Afrikaans, and a few of the other indigenous languages.
Here is a video of the university students sharing the "click" sounds that some of the South African languages use (especially the Xhosa tribe, so Yanga was very good at making the click sound):
Thank you to all the performers from the Choir, and all of the parents and teachers that helped organize it! And a special thank you to Yanga, Duduzile, and Thandeka!