Friday and Saturday, May 21 & and 22, starting at 8pm, Award-winning New York-based Zimbabwean contemporary dance artist and choreographer Nora Chipaumire will be teaming up with musician Thomas Mapfumo — the legendary “Lion of Zimbabwe” — for the New York premiere of lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi at the Kumble Theater at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. Along with the live musical acompaniment by the great Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited, dancer Souleymane Badolo will also join Chipaumire for the performance.

We have a pair of tickets to give a way to the performance on Saturday. The first reader to respond to the question by sending an email with the correct answer to (and make sure you include the word contest in the subject line) wins the pair of tickets.

The ticket contest is OVER! The contest question was what does “mapfumo” means in shona? Answer = “spears”

May 21 & 22 at 8pm
Kumble Theater at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
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This work takes on an Africa in conversation with itself, asking difficult questions and celebrating its achievements and humanity. lions will roar… is a visual, aural and kinesthetic equivalent of Africa’s great cities: Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Dakar and Lagos — cities full of life, contradictions, grace, defiance and power. Featuring dancers Chipaumire and Souleymane Badolo of Burkina Faso, with original music performed live by Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited.

lions will roar… is funded by New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (NDP), with generous support by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

Additional funding by Creative Capital, The Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Choreographic Fellowship from The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). Commissioned and presented as part of 651 ARTS’ Black Dance: Tradition and Transformation program, primarily funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Presented in association with Dance Theater Workshop.

This program is part of “Black Brooklyn Renaissance” presented by Brooklyn Arts Council, in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.