|“Until lions tell their tale, the story of the hunt will
always glorify the hunter.”
THE SOWETO '76 ENSEMBLE
Honoring the legacy of hundreds of massacred Soweto
township children by South Africa’s apartheid regime in
1976, The Soweto ‘76 is a Baltimore-based ensemble comprised
of children, youth and young adults from diverse cultural backgrounds
who forward the call for social justice through vocal and instrumental
Under the tutelage of Youth Resiliency Institute Director of Healing
& Performing Arts/singer Navasha Daya and YRI co-founder/guitarist
Fanon Hill, youth ensemble members collectively work to generate
fresh narratives, imagery and songs celebrating cultural brilliance,
community and family.
The Soweto`76 Ensemble- South African National Anthem from Youth Resiliency Institute on Vimeo.
Ensemble members learn how to perform racial and gender analysis
and the value of intersectional analysis in addressing the varied
layers and dimensions of human experience including, but not limited
to, race, sexuality, age and class. Ensemble members employ the
analysis of Frantz Fanon, a Martinican psychiatrist, poet, philosopher
and anti-colonial thinker to examine and uproot negative “cultural
coding” on self-concept and self-esteem prevalent among
populations of color.
Ensemble members organize through vocal and instrumental music in Baltimore's most disinvested and privileged communities launching an artistic conversation that extends beyond the social, racial and geographical borders of Baltimore City. In the process, ensemble members develop important language and literacy skills and improve the way Baltimoreans think about children and youth from diverse cultural backgrounds while expanding sites of democratic participation.
Currently, the ensemble is concentrating on completing a CD that celebrates the power of positive cultural identity and youth voice. In the process, ensemble members are developing employability skills, learning songs from various cultures in indigenous languages and gaining the ability, authority, and agency to make decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people.
*As with all YRI programming, The Soweto `76 Ensemble structures
an optimal environment for healthy whole child development.
To learn more about The Soweto `76 Ensemble, please send an email