MIAMI, FL –– As the Lion King and yes, Black Panther continue to break box office records, another story that celebrates the African continent and its unbreakable spirit is set to arrive in South Florida. AFRICA UMOJA, The Spirit of Togetherness, sponsored by Aetna and benefiting The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., will premiere for a two-week celebration during Black History Month. Opening Tuesday, February 25, 2020 the production will run, at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center, until March 8, 2020.
“We are so excited that this dynamic event is returning to South Florida. We invite the community to come out and experience this internationally acclaimed highly uplifting musical that families from all Diasporas will embrace” says Velma Lawrence, CEO of The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc.
About Embrace Girl Power
The Embrace Girls Foundation’s Embrace Girl Power! After School Program & Camps is a non-profit 501©3 organization established in 2001, where little girls learn to be healthy, confident, ambitious and educated young ladies who strive for excellence in action and service before self. They also improve the lives of elementary and middle school-aged girls through data-driven and measured academic enrichment programs, their signature Tea Parties and Author Experiences which showcase the girls social, communication and etiquette skills that have featured many dignitaries and celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Chelsea Clinton, U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo-Orshan, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, Former First Lady, Columba Bush, Florida Senator, Donna Shalala, Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Al Sharpton, Actresses, Keke Palmer, Kim Wayans and Celebrity TV Court Show Judges, Lynn Toler, Glenda Hatchett, Marilyn Milian and Karen Mills-Francis to name a few.
Offers opportunities to help girls thrive academically and socially
“All children should have access to opportunities that will help them thrive academically and socially. The Embrace Girls Foundation fills this need in under-served and low-income communities, ensuring that the students they serve are exposed to important and meaningful academic, wellness and enrichment programs,” said Richard Weiss, Aetna’s market president in Florida. “Aetna is proud to support this organization, while building on our longstanding commitment to celebrate black history.”
Conceived by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni and produced by Joe Theron, Africa Umoja was developed to educate a new generation of South Africans about their rich heritage and the power of unity (Umoja is the Swahili word for unity) by showcasing the glory days of South African music and dance, that persisted even during the country’s hardships. However, the show has become much more than either of its founders could ever have imagined, dazzling audiences and receiving standing ovations and breathtaking reviews in more than 50 countries across the globe over the last two decades.
Fueled by history, the cast of 33 young adults are arguably South Africa’s most versatile and dynamic singers, dancers and drummers, drawn from the myriad of cultures that compose their rural worlds. The production will feature traditional love songs, lullabies, and internationally acclaimed choreography that narrates in passionate song and dance the moving tale of love and community that helped Black South Africans triumph during some of their country’s stormiest passages
For ticket information call the Miramar Cultural Arts Box Office at 954-602-4500 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.