Friday, November 24, 2017

Soda Can Dancing By Omoleshe Dance Group, Namibia

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases an introductory video about the Omoleshe Project and also showcases two videos of children from the Omoleshe Dance Group in Namibia, South Africa dancing while banging together two soda cans.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Omoleshe Projects Namibia for their health awareness, social, and cultural work in Namibia and thanks to the Omoleshe Dance Group for their creative performances. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

Example #1: Omaleshe Projects Short Version

dryaddryad, Published on Oct 1, 2011

We are a charity, working in partnership with Omaleshe Projects Namibia, using the teaching of dance, drama and drumming, soccer and workshops as a means of raising HIV awareness and protection of harm from abuse amongst children. The HIV prevalence rate in Namibia is around 22% and a recent Amnesty International Report (2007) identified a high level of violence against women and children and a high level of child rapes within Namibia.

Omaleshe is an oshiwambo word meaning young and vibrant and our vision is to bring joy, energy and confidence to orphans and vulnerable children and to help them to realize their potential. We are reliant on donations and if you would like to help us to continue our work you can donate online through

Example #1: Soda Can Dance from Oshakati, Namibia

blacfoundation, Published on Oct 10, 2012
Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread:
Penny O'Brien, 2014
"This is the Omaleshe Dance Group from Oshakati, not Windhoek. They are well known in the North of Namibia and they are rehearsing at the Youth Centre."

Example #2: Omaleshe perfoming at Maroella Mall Ongwediva

Andrew Nangolo, Published on Jun 17, 2014

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1 comment:

  1. I happened upon this video because it was recommended to me by YouTube.

    This is the first time I've ever seen or read about dancers holding (presumably) empty soda cans and hitting them together as percussion instruments. That's so creative!

    I wrote a comment on the discussion thread for the first video asking for more information about Omoleshe's current projects and their current donation link. The video for that project and its summary are from 2009. I'd like to add more current information.