Subbi Dance Fusion Troupe celebrates Black History Month at Humber

by | Mar 4, 2019 | Lakeshore, News

Sydnee Walcott, Life Reporter

As Black History Month drew to a close last week, Humber wanted it to end on an artistic note.

At an event held at Lakeshore campus, organized by Black Academic Success and Engagement (BASE), students got to watch and enjoy performances filled with dancing, singing and music by the Subbi Dance Fusion Troupe on Feb. 25.

The troupe is a group made up of students from Cambridge Secondary School in Kyengera, Uganda. Cambridge is one of the many schools in Uganda that focuses on teaching students the arts.

As one of the dancers performs a solo, the other dancers are in the back playing the drums during a Feb. 25 show at the Humber College Lakeshore campus a part of the the college’s Black History Month celebrations.(Sydnee Walcott)

The reaction from college students was positive as many walked away learning something new.

“Honestly it’s good to see different cultures and what their beliefs are,” said Shantel Weston, a student from the Social Services program.

She said that coming from Social Services made her realize it’s great to be open to many things.

Seeing these type of events are exciting for her because Weston says it’s already difficult enough coming from a black background and to see such beautiful things that black people can do makes everything better.

“I feel like in Canada we lose more of our culture sometimes,” said Desiree Robinson, another Social Service student. She said she enjoyed the performance and it would be great to see more performances with people from different cultures at Humber.

The Subbi Fusion Troupe dancing in a performance that was enjoyed by students at the Lakeshore Campus.The Feb. 25 event was part of the Black History Month celebrations. (Sydnee Walcott)

Robinson said it would be a good way to help preserve culture from being lost.

Aiden Puri, a student in the Child Youth Care program, said even though he didn’t get to see the entire show, he said what he had seen was great and was interested in seeing them come back.

BASE is a program that seeks to provide a community resources and support for students who identify as African, Black and Caribbean through workshops and social events both while at Humber and after they graduate.