PREPARE for plenty of dance action when the Zulus arrive in Calderdale.

Zulu – a company of young Zulu singers and dancers – will be at Square Chapel Centre of the Arts on Square Road, Halifax, on Sunday May 22.

The day kicks off in the afternoon when the company invites children – with an accompanying adult – to have a go themselves in a special workshop starting at 2pm.

The entertainment continues in the evening with this company of genuine Zulu singers and dancers delivering a heady mix of traditional African song, as well as Afro-Gospel and energetic dance. They all dress in traditional costumes and are supported by drum-rhythms as they reach back into the past to preserve ancient skills while stretching forward to contemporary Africa.

They come from the South African port of Durban and the individual members of Zulu have performed in the UK and abroad as part of The Mighty Zulu Nation as well as in special events for the Queen and Nelson Mandela.

A typical show from Zulu encompasses Maskandi (indigenous Zulu music); traditional song and dance compilations comprising of Zulu psalms (Amahubo); traditional songs (Amaculo Esintu); various genres of traditional dance (Iingoma, Umzansi, Isigenyane, Nendlamu); plus dramatisation, visual arts and African beadwork.

They place great value on the oral relaying of information from the older generation to the youngest (Ukuthamundwa).

The afternoon workshop aims to encourage diversity awareness, breaking down the barriers surrounding prejudice, ethnic, religious and racial equality.

Tickets for the show are £12 and £10 concessions (£16 & £13 concessions with workshop).

Contact the box office on 01422 349422.