‘’South Africa’s stories aren’t just in the way we live or the food we eat. They’re not just in the traditions we practice, the histories we repeat or the languages we speak. They’re in our music and movement. They’re in the powerful rhythms of our songs and the physicality of our dances. Sometimes they only begin where words end.’’
- Di Tipping Woods -
The ‘’Roots of Rhythm’’ show group offers a unique and vibrant show. The 12 team members are all residents from the rural areas in and around Acornhoek, who have been trained in singing, dancing, drumming, and dramatic performance.
Roots of Rhythm Show Group was established in 2008.
The Eco Academy is the host venue for the beautiful Shangaan Village and the outdoor theatre. The Academy is a safe and clean education for local and international students, focusing on anti-poaching, conservation, and lodge management. Conservation of our Heritage goes hand in hand with the Conservation of Nature and our environment. In an informative and entertaining way, Roots of Rhythm performers provide visitors with a better understanding of the rich cultural background of the Limpopo Tribes, identifying the history and traditions of the indigenous people through costumes, dance styles, and rhythms.
The history and culture of the African tribes come to life at Nyani Cultural Village. This new cultural attraction in Hoedspruit is an ideal destination for visitors and learners of all ages, with the program being modified to suit all age groups in terms of content and duration. The cultural journey starts in our boma theatre where guests experience our original show ‘’Limpopo Pathways’’ featuring the costumes, songs, and dances of the San (Bushmen), the Shona and Venda, the Tsonga, the Balobedu (Modjadji the Rain Queen), the Pedi and the Bahananawa (Tswana). We also include the Swati and Zulu dances as these tribes played an influential part in the history of Limpopo. The hour-long theatre show is designed as an entertainment and educational tool telling the story of the origins, journeys, and lifestyles of the tribes that settled in Limpopo.
Presented in a natural setting, under the thatch roof open-air Boma theatre, the show is an exciting venture following the pathways of the tribes from the past to the present.
We learn about traditional practices from birth, through childhood up to marriage, after which a delicious lunch is served in the typical African style.