Pan-African Acrobats and Musicians
Cirque Zuma Zuma
Review by Ross Anthony

The raw pounding calls to something very human in all of us. Plus, it's a great way to start a show. Costume changes of bright colors inspired by African design keep the stage flower-fresh through the night. Very little dialogue, and no serious message, just good music, blood-pumping dancing, and fun and amazing acrobatics that increase in intensity until the climax.

As the acrobats twist, tumble, climb, spin, the band plays right behind them attending to your ears, while your eyes are otherwise dazzled. My favorite spots included the tumblers and the duo of fabric spinners. I also liked the pairing of traditional African percussion with a traditional rock drum set. And while I enjoyed the guitar, steel drum, and marimba I missed a bass player at this particular performance. Nonetheless, we enjoyed Zuma Zuma, and they enjoyed a standing ovation.

The Carpenter is a lovely venue, large and airy, but quite cozy. It's situated on CSULB's campus near the music school. Arrive early and listen to the talent as you stroll passed the practice rooms.

-- Books by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony --

  • 2015 Copyright ©Cirque Zuma Zuma, Review based on the October 17th, 2015 performance at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, CA.
  • Starring Cirque Zuma Zuma. A blend of African performance styles, including Gabonese tumblers, Egyptian limbo dancers, South African vocalists, Ethiopian contortionists and Tanzanian balancing masters.

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