It is almost possible to imagine you are in Cape Town or Johannesburg rather than the upstairs hall of Henry Fawcett primary school in Kennington, south London. A class of Year 4 children are singing "Shoshaloza", the mining protest song often learned by children in South Africa. Their confidence speaks volumes about the commitment of both the school and the artists working with them.
Jacky Mbuyiselwa Semela, a founder member of Step Africa and Soweto Dance Project, has helped develop the Soweto Carnival, experience that is useful for this project, which is part of the six-week London festival, Celebrate South Africa . Jacky is one of a group of South African and UK-based artists working in three primary and one secondary school preparing a performance for 200 children which will be part of the Coin Street Festival on May 28. Music, crafts, costumes, singing and dancing will come together in the open air on the South Bank and at the Royal Festival Hall. Information: Coin Street Festival, 020 7401 3610; or www.celebratesouthafrica.com
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