We provide acrobatic shows to fairs, festivals, university's, schools. Corporate events etc. we feature the only African group that has a female that holds up all the Artist. Reasonably priced fun shows
Price Range: $500-12000
Gig Length: 10 - 90 minutes
Insurance: $2,000,000 - Liability
What to Expect
High energy show. Cultural, entertaining
ABOUT THE KENYA SAFARI ACROBATS
Staying in top physical condition is not only a family affair in the Kenya Safari Acrobats household, it is also at the heart of their livelihood.
Nine months out the year the Kenya Safari Acrobats travel across United States and other countries. The troupe just recently found themselves in Okinawa Japan, where they performed for the US MILITARY .
“We are changing how we present African Acrobatics at our shows” said Karen Makange, who also serves as spokesperson for the company. “The acrobats have performed at many venues worldwide, but started in the USA in 1998.
Though thousands of miles from their African homeland, the Kenya Safari Acrobats incorporate much of their native culture into their high-energy shows.
“When we do cultural shows, we love to tell stories from some of the colorful tribes of a Kenya and Tanzania.” “We find different ways to engage kids young and old”, Karen noted, “The movie ’The Lion King’ is about Kenya, so children relate to that and we can draw them into the show by telling them we are taking them on a journey through Africa.”
From there the fast-paced Kenya Safari Acrobats - a troupe generally consisting of five to eight highly-trained athletes - take the stage for 45-90 minutes of jaw-dropping acts and antics.
Mixing Education With Entertainment
As the first act in the show starts to unfold, Karen takes the microphone again, telling the audience about the Kenyan warriors and the legend of a rich Bantu king (Bantu meaning “people” in many African languages).
“The king wanted someone to marry his daughter,” Karen tells the anxious onlookers. “So, he called the tribesmen together and told them whoever can go under the steel bar the lowest can claim her.”
The performers then thrill the audience with a limbo act using a crossbar of fire - the bar dropping a notch each time an acrobat clears it until it is only inches above the stage floor.
What the Kenya Safari Acrobats bring to the stage, as revealed in their opening segment, is a unique mix of education and family entertainment.
“We teach the audience some Swahili (national language of Kenya) during the shows as well,” she added. On selected days during their summer performance schedule the company also stages parades featuring traditional costumes, dance and drumming. A typical performance schedule at a facility will include three shows on weekdays with four shows each weekend day.
The stage acts include fire ring jumping, a human pyramid, magic, feats of strength .
“We train every single day, morning and afternoon, as we have to stay in shape,” Karen said of the conditioning required to be an acrobat.
The troupe consist of different artist, but they have a foundation set with the main artist. Wallace Makange is one of the acrobats that hail from Tanzania. Karen and wallace as a husband and wife team shape the group into what they want to bring to the many audiences.
Wallace has gone to China to train for 2 years. He brings some high towering acts, including going atop 8 chairs with no harness. Another anchor to the Kenya Safari Acrobats is Karen's Daughter Krystina Amina. Krystina is the creative director of the many different shows and actS that are produced. Always trying to be different, Karen decided to add Krystina to the acts. Being naturally strong Krystina has become a crowd pleaser, bending metal with her hands and teeth. And to top things off, she lifts 5 of her group members for an awesome finale to the show!
Karen and Wallace just recently added a gymnast that also does pointe Ballet. This has been n amazing addition to the show to make it stand out from other troupes.
Not just anyone can join the Kenya Safari Acrobats. They only employ artist with a passion for the art.
The group would rather bring a smaller troupe that can do many acts.. We focus on QUALITY not QUANTITY. Some venues would like to have 12-40 people on stage. But we want to show you how effortlessly we can do the same show with less people.
The Kenya Safari Acrobats have performed at numerous large theme parks in the nation, circuses, fairs, Festivats etc… .
Roots In Kenya
Karen, has lived in the Usa longer than her home country of Kenya, but she travels home yearly to look for new artist and visit family. Wallace has been here since 2010. They when Karen was looking for new artist.
“As performers become prepared for the circuit, we can send them to Europe and the United States to perform,” Karen said of the school they oversee in Mombassa from November through February of each year.
“It’s a small coastal town on the Indian Ocean, and we have a permanent home in The USA as well.”
While training during the winter months in Kenya, Karen and Krystina also produces the new shows the company will present on tour during the coming season.
Wallace is not only an acrobat, but also an trainer as he trains most of new artist that join the company.
“When we go back to Kenya, we actually take care of everything for the upcoming year then,” Karen said of their lifestyle.
During the off-season, they are not only busy training and preparing the shows for the coming season, but the Makange's must attend international and regional trade shows to book their acts.
Life On The Road
They also face the rigors of the road in taking their acts to amusement parks, fairs and festivals. “The toughest thing about traveling is going to different locations and staying in hotels, and then moving on to the next venue,” she said.
As for performing more than 20 shows a week, Karen says they do not grow tired of the routine. “We will see people of all ages smiling, clapping and having fun at every show - making all of our hard work rewarding.”
Additional Booking Notes
We basically can make our show work in any venue. Never have we come to a stage too small or big or too short.
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