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Valanga Khoza is a consummate storyteller, shaping tales of his childhood in rural South Africa into captivating presentations. He magically weaves traditional South African instruments into his performances whilst singing in English, Zulu, Shangaan and Xhosa. The instruments include drums, kalimba, marimba, shijororo (jaw harp) plus many others that are home made.
Valanga is the author of the newly released book Dumazi and the Yellow Lion published by Scholastic in 2019, which is gaining international acclaim.
Valanga will teach students the traditional rhythms of South Africa using the djembe, dun duns and other hand percussion. He will take them on a rhythmic journey, exploring the different cultures of South Africa with simple vocal chants to accompany the drumming.
Valanga will work with your school choir or group of students, introducing them to the joyous music of South Africa. The songs will be both original songs by Valanga and traditional songs and chants in up to 3 or 4 part harmony (ability dependent). Valanga will present the workshop with many stories that will give students […]
Valanga Khoza is a consummate storyteller and musician, shaping tales of his life into captivating presentations. As a young student in South Africa, he protested and joined marches across the country against apartheid, which lead to Valanga’s exile. He became a refugee in the camps of Swaziland and later, Mozambique. His activism continued with the […]
Valanga Khoza is a consummate storyteller and musician, shaping tales of his early life into captivating presentations. He uses humour and wit to tell stories of depth, of growing up and surviving under the racist system of apartheid. Through his storytelling and music, Valanga educates students about the human side of refugees and their plight, the […]