By Shorai Sandra Jaffet (Zimbabwe); Class of 2015 – Biotechnology
Mzuka is Jacobs own African choir. Mzuka is a Swahili word that literally translates as a blast of energy. Composed of students and faculty from around the globe, we perform African music with the ebullience that resonates in the meaning behind the name of our choir. Our concert this year was ‘Urafiki’, which means friendship. The concert was more of a celebration of the friends we have come to make at Jacobs and a memory of the good times we shared with those we left back home. Even though modern communication technology allows us to keep in touch, the physical presence of a friend cannot be simply substituted with social media. Luckily for us, friendship is something that can be easily made among people who share a common experience and ideology.
We recently had the greatest opportunity to meet with the Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir, whose music and style is an inspiration to our choir. Not only did we get the chance to meet them backstage but we also performed for them on centre stage. It left all of us in complete awe having to perform for the people whom we idolise so much.