Vuvuzela Performs Spring Dance Showcase
by Zachary Bergman
At 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, dozens of students packed into Page Commons to watch their classmates perform in the Vuvuzela show, put on by Colby’s only African dancing group.
“Mostly what we do is like Afrobeat dancing, songs originating from Africa and also mixed in with songs from the Caribbean as well as hip-hop influence and all that,” Vuvuzela’s Student Advisor Mackjeannie Joseph ’21 said.
Members of the club and a few guest dancers performed for an hour, impressing the audience with their well-choreographed dances. Most of the dances were upbeat and fun, causing the audience to cheer loudly throughout the performance. Adjoa Tettey-Fio ’21 and Tahj Brown ’20 were emcees for the night, entertaining the audience in between dances with banter, jokes and stories before introducing the next act.
“I thought all the performances were incredible and the emcees did a great job,” Danny Lent ’21 said after attending the event.
“It was really cool to see all the dancers’ hard work pay off,” Patrick Forelli ’21 added.
Steph Fawell ’21 is not a member of the Vuvuzela club but participated in the show as a guest performer.
“I loved being a part of the show! Sharing the stage with such a talented, high energy group was really fun,” she said.
The show wrapped up a week of programming by the Colby African Society (CAS) aimed at celebrating African culture. CAS is a group that “serves as a cultural and social support base for all students of African descent,” according to the College’s website. The events planned for the week included film screenings, discussions and a soirée in addition to the Vuvuzela performance.
“The Vuvuzela show usually happens separately from the soiree and all that, but this year we just wanted to bring it together because we are sharing leadership between Vuvuzela and the Colby African Society, so we just wanted to make a whole week for us to celebrate African culture and whatnot,” Joseph explained.
The overlap between the members of CAS and Vuvuzela made it natural for the two groups to plan events together, according to Joseph.
“Most of the members are also a part of Colby African Society, so it was people of African descent and also African students here at Colby, which is why that’s our main focus is on that type of dancing,” she said.
Joseph said that the spring show has always been Vuvuzela’s biggest event of the year, and that the members of the club work hard to prepare for the performance.
“The first semester we only met once a week since we didn’t have much to rehearse for. There were only like one or two performances or events that they invite us to, so the first semester for us is pretty chill,” Joseph said, going on to explain that rehearsals happen more frequently as the spring show approaches. “During Jan Plan most of us are on campus and we just prepare for this one show that, I don’t know, since the club started they’ve been having that spring showcase, so that’s what we focus on.”
With all of that time put into preparing, Vuvuzela was able to put on a great show to end the week.