African-Caribbean Students Association [ ACSA ]

University of Victoria

 

Activities

Pamwe Gumboot Dance Troop is led by Sharx Nghifitikeko from Namibia, and Joanne Cuffe from Canada.

 

Pamwe means "Together" in Oshiwambo, a language from Namibia. We are a team, representing a sense of the fight against apartheid, it was something the people did together!

 

Practises are free and take place on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30pm and 2:30pm at the Uvic Fountain.

 

Contact email: gumboot_dance@yahoo.ca

 

Gumboot originated in the mines of South Africa as a way of entertainment for the black workers who were far away from the townships and their families. Some say they used gumboot to communicate because the white mine managers did not allow them to speak in their native languages.

 

Gumboot later developed into a demonstration dance together with Toyi-Toyi against the brutal Apartheid Regime in South Africa that left many dead and tortured just because they were black. Such oppression should never have started, but the struggle against discrimination and racism continues.

 

Gumboot is now performed as an entertainment dance around the world. But perhaps it is a reminder of the cruelty of mankind, but also a symbol of TRIUMPH against oppression.

 

Pamwe has often performed at benefit concerts and fundraisers for social justice and peace. Pamwe will continue to be united with people around the world, and especially those in South Africa, to stand united in hope for future generations. "In unity there is strength."

 

"Amandla!" "Awetu!"

 

"Amandla!" "Awetu!"

 

"Power to the people!"