Vumbi - Dust

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“Vumbi is a Swahili word for “Dust”. Swahili language existed long before the interaction of the Arabs and Africans. Swahili in the ancient times was widely spoken in central African parts including Cameroon, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and along the coastlines of Indian Ocean. The interaction between Asians and Africans only evolved the language.

Swahili was a result of interaction of Asian/Arabs with Bantu people along coastal lines of East Africa known as Mombasa, Tanga in the past.  . The title therefore explores the origin of man and where we all end up - Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust…… we come from dust; we return to dust. The work will also delve into issues such as the challenges we face as human beings how important it is to remain as and foster the idea of unity.”

“Vumbi” was assisted by Art Moves Africa and Dance Umbrella



Trish Mckenna-Accommodation, Botaki Bontle Production cc –video & documentary, Kasie FM Radio Advertisement, Vukani Community Theatre

Dance Umbrella would like to thank Art Moves Africa for their assistance in making “Vumbi” by Lucky Kele possible

Below is a video compilation of excerpts from the Dance Umbrella Performance

Additional Info

  • Choreographer: Lucky Kele, Jared Onyango, Israel Sunday
  • Venue/Time: WITS Theatre
  • Title of Work: Vumbi - Dust
  • Music: Mucco Muladzi and Ashley Ngobeni (Mucco House of Sound Studio), Sometimes by Mike Vangas
  • Costume Design: T C Promotions
  • Set Design: none
  • Lighting Design: none
  • Director/Artistic Director: none
  • Dancers/Performers/Cast: Lucky Kele, Jared Onyango, Israel Sunday, AKPAN
  • Video: Thabiso Mofokeng
  • Other: Designer:Cynthia Mabasa, Production Manager:Thembela Hlatshwayo,
  • Company: none

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