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Valanga Khoza

Storyteller/Performer

Valanga Khoza was born in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. He grew up in a traditional setting surrounded by lively singing, drumming and dancing. The Limpopo area is rich in traditional healers, orators and storytellers, highly respected throughout Africa. These were his neighbours. Their nightly ceremonies carried songs and rhythms passed down through thousands of years. Valanga carries these influences through his songs and storytelling. He is also influenced by his travels throughout the world which were driven by his struggle against racism and his fight for freedom of the black people in South Africa.

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Testimonials

Valanga was awesome, he performed 2 sessions 1 for the junior school and 1 for the middle & senior school. Valanga added his own personal experience as a refugee in his own unique way. We were all amazed at his homemade instruments and the way Valanga played them.

—Jeanette Paulding, Baxter Primary School, 2019

My Prep students absolutely loved the visit from Valanga. They were laughing, joining in and engaged in wonderful writing about his visit. They are asking for him back again.

—E. Rose, Solway Primary School, August 2017

Valanga was a massive hit! Both the teachers and the students thoroughly enjoyed it. I have already had numerous students begging me to book him again for next year!

—M. Stewart, Literacy Co-ordinator, Westgrove PS, September 2012

Valanga was an absolute hit with the students and staff alike. He was so warm and engaging that everyone was excited by his performance. The singing and storytelling was a wonderful balance and all the students loved the musical instruments.

—D. Ellis, Teacher, Manifold Heights Primary School

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