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Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa. Forbidden to speak and in almost complete darkness, the slave laborers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains. In time it has developed into a truly unique dance form. Unrivaled in its energy and physicality, it celebrates the body as a musical instrument while highlighting South Africa's rich and complex culture.
Stimela is a celebration of song and dance, an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet. At the Nelson Fringe, they will be teaching Zulu and South African dance, with the inclusion of music.
The Tauranga on the Waterfront, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Sat 6 May 12:00pm
The Golden Dawn, Ponsonby, Auckland
Fri 28 Apr 8:00pm
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