SC State to Host Soweto Street Beat Dance Ensemble

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime, with African drums, art and attire. The Soweto Street Beat Dance Ensemble (SSB) will bring rituals and styles of dance from Africa to America. SC State’s Ujimaa, in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs, will host this cultural event. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall, located on the campus of SC State University. 


Established in 1989, SSB is a South African, Zulu dance and drum ensemble that performs traditional warrior choreography. They are the only professional South African dance troupe in the United States. In 1993, SSB was incorporated. They became a 501© (3) nonprofit organization in 1994. SSB is directed by Peter Ngcobo and artistic director, Doll Ngcobo. SSB’s mission is to educate audiences of various ages and cultural ethnicities, especially at-risk youth, about the cultural arts and history of South Africa.


SSB targets at-risk young men surrounded by crime and poverty in the Soweto Township of Johannesburg, South Africa. These young men were taught to become professional dancers and cultural ambassadors. They learned methods of channeling their energies that were building up throughout years of apartheid, which is an official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa in 1948 through 1994. During apartheid, the young men transformed their negative energy into positive and creative activities. Today, SSB continues to enlighten and edify South African youth by bringing them to America to study dance and to obtain vital academic experiences that are not readily available in South Africa.


“SC State University is a prime example of the enduring strengths, creativity and knowledge of our freed ancestors. SSB continues to exemplify our powerful legacy. We are proud to have them at our esteemed University. Come and share our wondrous connection, from Africa to America,” said Delvina Wescott, advisor for Ujimaa.


General admission is $8. Students with college identification will be able to view the performance for $5. For additional information pertaining to Soweto Street Beat, contact Delvina Wescott at (803) 378-7553. You may also contact her via email at dwescott@scsu.edu.