African entertainers plan two shows

Cirque Zuma Zuma will perform in Winthrop and Omak.

OMAK – Cirque Zuma Zuma, a dance and acrobatics group, will perform this weekend in the Methow Valley and Omak.

The group was a finalist on the “America’s Got Talent” show in 2011.

The first show is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Winthrop Barn, 51 Highway 20. A second performance is planned at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

Admission will be charged at each.

“Cirque Zuma Zuma is filled with non-stop action and African culture including dance, acrobats, tumbling and music,” said Vera Zachow, spokeswoman for the Omak Performing Arts Center Foundation. “The artists are trained in Kenya and Tanzania.

“Their acts include South African female vocalists, club juggling, limbo dancing, South African gumboot dancers, Zuma Zuma acrobats, Gabonese tumblers, percussionists from Zimbabwe and the African lion dance.”

“We’ve been having quite a lot of shows all across America, and not only America, but all over the world because we have also toured Europe and Australia,” said Cirque Zuma Zuma spokeswoman Eve Kawadza.

All of the performers were born in Africa and trained by Cirque Zuma Zuma.

“We are trying to portray the African culture, which is where you can get it in the music that we play, we dance to, the drumming that we have and probably the skill that we have. It’s more African,” Kawadza said.

The group is based in Kenya.

“What we like about getting to perform to different cultures is they have a greater appreciation because it is something different that is coming to their area,” she said. “It’s the ultimate African circus, the African version of Cirque du Soleil.”

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