LEAF International New Orleans

Culture Keeper:

Chief Shaka Zulu

Since 1986, Chief Shaka Zulu has performed across the United States and Europe as a featured solo stiltdancer as well as with his company, Zulu Connection. Chief Shaka is also the founder and director of the International School of Stiltdancing. Chief Shaka Zulu spellbounds his audiences with his colorful and elaborate costumes, tremendous heights, extraordinary acrobatics and magnificent dance moves. He is a master of instruments of the African Diaspora i.e., the djun-jun, djembe, congas, m’balafon, shakare, talking and sabar drums. Most recently, Shaka was a featured performer at the International Cultural and Tourism Festival in Beijing China. In the same year, Shaka also performed as a percussionist at the Gronau Jazz Festival in Gronau, Germany and also the Netherlands Jazz Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In the United States, Shaka trains students in stiltdancing while also teaching the origin and history of the ancient African artform of stiltdancing.

In addition to stiltdancing and drumming, Chief Shaka Zulu is also a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian and is now Big Chief of the prestigious tribe Yellow Pocahontas. Chief Shaka Zulu has exhibited his suits both nationally and internationally at museums and festivals. In 2015 his New Suit was featured in Berlin, Germany at Sounds of the City, an exhibit featuring the culture of New Orleans. Most recently his suit, “Shango” will be on exhibit in The Netherlands at the Africa Musem in November 2017.

Now co-owner of Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian Restaurant Gallery, he runs one of the most unique establishments in the city, a specialty dining experience featuring foods of Congo Square, beautiful framed art and stunning Mardi Gras Indian Suits. Chief Shaka Zulu lectures on the history of the Black Masking Mardi Gras Indians at Golden Feather. Additionally Shaka is co-producer of the touring production, New Orleans Voices of Congo Square, a vibrant historical narrative of New Orleans Magical music, colorful dance and mysterious Indian Culture.