Shangilia is a youth performance group from Nairobi, Kenya, under the direction of singer/director/composer J.D. Steele. Ranging in age from 10 to 21, the performers sing in English and Swahili with original music composed by Steele and Butch Heyward that blends African-American soul and gospel with East African rhythms like soukous and bongo. Shangilia also incorporates traditional African music and dance with acrobatics and colorful costumes, weaving messages of love, peace and harmony into this exciting musical presentation.
Shangilia will be joined onstage by the newly-formed MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC), also under the direction of J.D. Steele. MCYC is a choir comprised of youth from around the Twin Cities Metro to meet and exchange musical traditions during the Shangilia Youth Choir's visit to the Twin Cities area. MCYC will also perform on the outdoor stages through the weekend. shangilia.org