Bokamoso Youth Foundation: The Future Begins Here

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Wedding Bells Ring For Pearl and Kenneth

Groom Kenneth Mdluli reflects on how he and his bride, Pearl Mdluli (nee Zondo), first met at the Bokamoso Centre. "We started as friends, and later became partners, and then just recently vowed to be life partners on the 15 December 2011."

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Kenneth and Pearl first met in 2008 when they both travelled with the Bokamoso performing troup. Kenneth successfully completed his college courses and now works for the AB-PDS (African Bank Payment Distribution Solutions) as Portfolio Consultant, and Pearl is currently finishing a degree in nursing.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

A big Bokamoso shout out to The Washington Post for sharing the story of the young people visiting from the Bokamoso Youth Centre in Winterveldt, South Africa.

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Read staff writer DeNeen L. Brown's great story, Sweet Song of Freedom, view the gallery of Juana Arias' great photos and send a short thank you to Ned Martel, the editor of the Style section, to let him know how much we appreciate stories that celebrate our communities and hope.

The story was picked up by the likes of Forbes.com and South Africa Focus.

GW President Knapp Becomes a YouTube Dancing Sensation

Every year students from the Bokamoso Youth Centre in Winterveldt, South Africa, spend a week at George Washington University attending classes and rehearsing for their final performance, which is at GW's Marvin Theatre....

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Bokamoso students had an opportunity this year to get their groove on with the university's president, Steven Knapp, and other university officials. In a recent post, Campus Overload, the Washington Post's blog for college students, shared the original video as well as an edited version that joyful spoof's the visit.

People Who Make a Difference

A big Bokamoso shout out for volunteers Charlotte White, Connie Sullivan and Sara Sennett for organizing this year's Dream Breakfast, as well for the dozens of volunteers who helped before, during and after the breakfast, and the some 150 supporters who attended.

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Bokamoso performers open The Dream Breakfast

"Shosholoza! The freedom of the people is a train that cannot be stopped!" rang throughout the hall at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church January 13, opening the Dream Breakfast. This annual event is free and raises support for scholarships for advanced educational and vocational training and helps support the ongoing programs of the Bokamoso Youth Centre in Winterveldt. “Shosholoza” was originally sung by Ndebele migrant mine workers travelling home. The word “Shosholoza” means go forward or make way for the next man. It’s a rousing song and, in performance, sounds like a steam train. Watch a video of Bokamoso's young people perform Shosholoza.

Performers from Bokamoso Youth Centre Arrive in Washington

The Bokamoso youth perform throughout the DC Metropolitan area to raise funds for, and awareness of, the Centre. Performances feature theatrical plays and vignettes based directly on their life experiences as well as traditional South African music and dance.

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The 2011 trip will culminate in two performances: a free interactive performance open to the public and suitable for the whole family at St. Andrew's on January 30 and a fundraising performance at George Washington University on February 4. For more events and information, visit Bokamoso's performance calendar.

The Centre's Staff, Solly (Solomon) Mahlangu, Mmule Tsoai and Jabu Godfrey Mfumba, accompanied the young performers:

(Sipho) Gift Khumalo
Phumzile Mbafa
Mpho Mitileni
Mmaabiya Constance Mofuoa (Thusi)
Lerato Mothamaha
Elsa Nkuna
Olga Nqoko
Percy Shabangu
Stephinah Shongwe
Mandla Sibanda
Sipho Mokoena