Vuka is an Ndebele term which means "wake up" when translated in English. Vuka was formed in June1999 at Thabiso Youth Centre, the home and the base of Vuka. Thabiso is found in the edge of high density suburb of Makokoba. Makokoba is Bulawayo’s oldest township and also the poorest, but the location has produced Zimbabwe greatest footballers such as the Ndlovu brothers. When it comes to arts industry we see the rise of different groups and the most popular theatre company Amakhosi.
Vuka was formed to alleviate poverty by creating a form of employment, crime prevention, but above all to create a platform for young and old performers to develop and learn skills. Today “Vuka” is growing from its roots as an international recognised performing arts Company aiming to provide facilities for creation and leisure-time in conditions of life for those who have need of such facilities.
Meanwhile Vuka and its sister group Open Minds Theatre which is based in Rotherham they are planning to bring these young youth for UK performing arts tour in the mid-2009 for numerous months from Africa. This group is composed of orphan children who don’t know their parents, some died with deadly disease AIDS. The touring manager Steve Rogers said the aim of bringing this youth cultural group is to keep them away from the streets avoiding them of becoming criminals. And to keep them busy so that they can maintain their lives. During the tour the group will work on African cultural workshops music and dance both in junior and high schools. The accommodation has already been sourced, The Yorkshire community have an opportunity to journey to the Southern Africa region for a long adventure to the heart of the world exploring traditional African music, dance and drumming.