Later this week, Union College will host a free concert featuring the African Showboyz, a group that has appeared on stage with pop-star icon Stevie Wonder.
Made up of five brothers from the tiny village of Binaba in Ghana, West Africa, the African Showboyz will perform in Conway Boatman Chapel on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Originally, the group consisted of the three eldest brothers, Napoleon, Isaac and Joseph. According to their website, after Napoleon received a vision telling him to “embark on a world journey in an effort to bring recognition to the suffrage of the African people and feed his ever growing family,” the brothers set out on bicycles, playing and dancing for neighboring villages.
Later, two other brothers, Mosses and JJ, joined the group, and the African Showboyz “emerged as Africa’s pentacle of conscious musicians.” Since their start, the group has performed all across Ghana and neighboring countries, as well as internationally.
In 2003, they made their first appearance in the United States at Floydfest in Floyd, Va. They have continued to perform throughout the U.S., and even had the opportunity to collaborate on stage with American legend Stevie Wonder. Additionally, the brothers appeared in the film, “1 Giant Leap,” the music for which was nominated for two Grammy awards.
At their show, guests should expect to see a wide variety of talent from the five brothers. Not only do they perform traditional tribal music along with dance, they also have been known to perform comedy routines, magic and stunts such as glass eating. For more information about the group, visit their website at www.africanshowboyz.com.