7th FEBRUARY 2020
Zip Zap Social Circus has entertained Princes and Presidents, undertaken 30 world tours and performed at 108 shows nationally last year. On 7th February 2020 they took to the world stage again at Match in Africa #6. Worldwide attention was focussed on the charity tennis match between superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – as history was made.
Zip Zap brings it home for Match in Africa
In April 2017, Zip Zap was invited to add authentic African flavour to the Match for Africa #3 Exhibition Night in Zurich Switzerland. The riveting singles match, between Roger Federer and Andy Murray, was televised across the globe and raised significant funds for the Roger Federer Foundation.
On Friday, 7th February, Zip Zap worked their contagious magic again, performing with the acclaimed Ndlovu Youth Choir at the sixth edition of this event – Match in Africa #6. This time it was on their home ground at the Cape Town Stadium.
The Choir recently shot to international stardom by securing second place in America’s Got Talent, focussing the world’s attention on South African music and performing arts.
The combination of these two profoundly brilliant youth performers was nothing short of spectacular.
Capacity-packed stadium hosted a first-in-Africa spectacle
Founded in 1992, Zip Zap is an innovative Academy, that nurtures talent and empowers young people from diverse backgrounds. Fifty of their top performers, dazzled in four acts, harmoniously blended with the Choir’s upbeat and rousing choral anthems.
Drawn from Zip Zap’s youth and vocational programme the troupe delighted tennis enthusiasts with colourful and daring acrobatics blended with hula hoops, comedy, acrobatic, juggling, unicycle and floor tumbling. The atmosphere at the stadium was electric and reached a crescendo when South Africa’s Springbok rugby captain, Siya Kolisi, presented Federer with his no. 8 rugby jersey to wear during the celebrity doubles match with Trevor Noah and Bill Gates.
History in Action
Spectators at the Cape Town Stadium were fortunate enough to witness history in action, when the Match in Africa, raised USD 3.5 million (approximately R54 million) for the charitable Roger Federer Foundation. The Match in Africa was the sixth edition of this event, but the first to take place on African soil. And the crowd set a new World Record for the largest attendance of 51 945 at a tennis match
Learning through Play at the Match in Africa
Aside from the sold-out tennis spectacular, Federer and Nadal hosted a Learning through Play session with children from our early childhood development (ECD) outreach programme. The young children are in pre-school age from the informal settlements of Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay. Roger did five activities with the children which are typically used to assess the status of child development.
“It was such an accolade to be invited back to participate in this incredible showcase of young African talent.
We value our association with the Roger Federer Foundation that supports educational and athletic programs for children in Africa, which is perfectly aligned with Zip Zap’s mission.
To perform on this world stage is testament to the calibre of talent we are developing and the thousands of young lives we are impacting every day,” comments Laurence Estève, Co-founder and CEO of Zip Zap.