Jaivah Workshop Series: South African Kwaito Workshop – June 18 &19

In Workshops on June 8, 2011 by danceumbrella

DATES: Saturday & Sunday June 18 & 19, 2011

TIME: 12 – 1:30 pm

VENUE: 179 Dundas Street East at Jarvis, Upstairs, Toronto

ADVANCE: $20/workshop.

DOOR: $25/workshop

REGISTRATION: Book your spot in advance – email us your name(s) and which session(s) you would like to attend at and we’ll honor you the early registration price of $20 at the door.

INFO OR QUESTIONS:, 647.833.0752.

ABOUT KWAITO: Kwaito is a form of self-expression and a way of life—it is the way many South Africans dress, speak, and dance. It is a street style as lifestyle, where the music and dance reflects life in the townships, much the same way hip hop reflects life in the American neighborhood. Kwaito is very uplifting as it gives voice to and celebrates the diversity in South African dance and music genres. It is a variant of house music featuring the use of African sounds and samples. However, the overwhelming message that is being expressed in the music and culture surrounding Kwaito is one of just wanting to have fun. Come and experience a range of South African dance styles ( Koffie, Pantsula, Spoujwa, Kwaito ) and music from our famous Kwaito DJ’s such as DJ waRona, DJ Rudeboy Paul, DJ Mjava, DJ Cleo, Black Coffee, Zola, Brown Dash, Vambos, and Bleksem. “Wala la wa sala thina siya jaiva, thina siya groover “.

Enjoy this Kwaito music video in meantime

ABOUT MAFA: Mafa Makhubalo started dancing at the age of five and trained with Toni Campbell of Zamdela Performing Arts Centre, Tshwane University of Technology and Tshwane Dance Theatre in South Africa. He is the recipient of numerous awards. Mafa has collaborated with the Alvin Alley Dance Company in South Africa, toured in Amsterdam with Vuyane Dance Theater and performed at events such as the FIFA Soccer World Cup Conference in Morocco, Grahams-town Arts Festival and presented South Africa at the Lefkada International Cultural Festival in Athens, Greece. After moving to Toronto 2006, he completed a two year training program at Ballet Creole and regularly performed with the company. He was invited for the 2008 Choreographers Lab program at the school of Jacob’s Pillow, 2009 apprenticeship program Stagecraft and Six Weeks Dance program at American Dance Festival. Mafa is actively involved in community outreach programs that help youth realize their potential through the arts and teaches at the Dance Immersion YAP Program and the Children’s Dance Theatre. Mafa is currently a member of OMO Dance Company, COBA, Ballet Creole and he is also a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher.


Toronto’s Jaivah aka Nouvel Exposé African Dance Troupe
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