Searching For The True Meaning Of Kwanzaa With OrigiNation’s Tafuta!

OrigiNation Presents Tafuta

OrigiNation Presents Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa

(Boston) – OrigiNation presents Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa on Saturday, December 14 at 7pm at the Roxbury Community College’s Main Stage Theater, 1234 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury. For tickets, visit:

Written and directed by OrigiNation Founding Artistic Director and celebrated choreographer, Shaumba Yandje Dibinga, Tafuta! blends music, dance and poetry to tell the story of a young child who is bullied in school because of her family’s tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. The child ultimately embraces her heritage, discovers her own voice and self-empowerment and draws on the strength found in this African American tradition to triumph over the bullies.

Tafuta is the only play of its kind and is surely going to make audiences understand the importance of family and traditions. The cast includes children ages 7-16 from all over Massachusetts including students from private, public and charter schools, Boston’s most talented adults and members of OrigiNation’s Professional Dance Division.

Scene From Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa

This year we are thrilled to feature Ms. Romaine Mills-Teque – Principal of the Nathan Hale Elementary School in Boston. “We are so honored to have her in Tafuta! The audience will be blown away when they see her talent!!” said Ms. Dibinga

“This is a wonderful event for families to learn about Kwanzaa and celebrate diversity among holiday celebrations!” says Dibinga. As stated by the founder of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community. It brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.“

About OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center

Founded in 1994, OrigiNation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts program that utilizes dance as a vehicle to develop leadership, confidence and self-sufficiency among boys and girls ages 3-18 from underserved communities with limited access to quality dance and theater programs is limited. OrigiNation serves over 300 boys and girls annually through its on-site programs. It serves an additional 5,000 youth through its domestic and international outreach, education and touring programs.

To date OrigiNation’s youth have performed, taught, and conducted service projects in the South African cities of Johannesburg, Capetown, Pretoria, Soweto (2007); Dakar, Senegal (2009); London, England (2010 & 2015); New Orleans, LA (2011); Accra, Ghana (2012) and Trinidad Tobago (2016 & 2017).

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