To mark the 300th Anniversary of the City of New Orleans, producers Shaka and Naimah Zulu are bringing the essence, culture, and mystique of the Mardi Gras Indians to the Orpheum Theater
To mark the 300th Anniversary of the City of New Orleans, producers Shaka and
Naimah Zulu are bringing the essence, culture, and mystique of the Mardi Gras Indians to the Orpheum
Theater on Friday, April 20, 2018.
Voices of Congo Square takes the audience through the evolution of New Orleans music, dance, and
performance. “Voices of Congo Square is a piece that represents the African Carnival traditions of New
Orleans,” says Chief Shaka Zulu.
This ode to our sacred backstreet culture will present the pulsating Live New Orleans Jazz Second Line
Band, the mystical beauty of the Masking Black (Mardi Gras) Indians, the rhythmic traditional movement
of electrifying dancers, and more. “All of the glory of New Orleans, the mystery of New Orleans is there
on stage – there is so much that most people would never, ever see. And in the end, everybody dances
at our show,” says Naimah Zulu. The City of New Orleans has partnered with the Zulus for the inaugural
Gregoire Tillery, owner of We Dat’s Chicken & Shrimp and 2018 sponsor of Voices of Congo Square
says, “I wanted to support the Black Indians & Voices of Congo Square because both organizations
mean so much to the City of New Orleans. I am emotionally tied to the Black Indians as I have friends
that Mask and it’s something that my grandfather, Albert Godfrey, and I would enjoy doing and seeing
together. I love my city and all of the beautiful people in it.”
Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster and the Orpheum Theater box office.
The producers of Voices of Congo Square are Chief Shaka Zulu and Naimah Zulu. Shaka Zulu is a New
Orleans Mardi Gras Indian who has exhibited his Mardi Gras Indian suits both nationally and
internationally at museums and festivals. Naimah Zulu is the co-Founder, Manager and Artistic Director
of New Orleans Voices of Congo Square. Together they operate the Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian
Restaurant and Museum across from the historic Congo Square.
The Golden Feather is currently in partnership with LEAF International, Creature Comforts Brewing, and
Burial Beer to produce Golden feather Pale Ale. On sale at select Whole Foods, Rouse’s and bars. 100%
of the profits go to support and supply New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians.
(Friday) 8:00 pm CST
Orpheum Theater New Orleans
129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112