ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Mrs. Dibinga has received numerous awards for her work with OrigiNation including the Barr Foundation Fellowship class of 2011 which included a 14 day learning journey to Haiti, the Boston Neighborhood Fellows award, The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School Legends Award, prestigious Upstanders Portraits of Courage Award in January 2008, this award included adding Mrs. Dibingas portrait on a display at the Boston Public Library. This display will then travel across the country. Mrs. Dibinga is also the co-director of
Our Story: A Celebration of the African American Experience through Music, Dance and Spoken Word The first production opened in 2001 and has been seen by over 10,000 people through its tours across Massachusetts and its annual production at Roxbury Community College. Shaumba-Yandje is also the writer and producer of the original play TAFUTA! A Young Boy's Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa which opened in 2011. She has appeared in several films, musicals, industrials and television commercials including WCVBs Chronicle and City Line, Fox 25 early morning show, MTVs The World Famous and Spike Lees film Summer of Sam.
She founded OrigiNation, Inc. in 1994 to provide a safe haven for youth where they can learn the importance of self-respect, health, nutrition, education, self-confidence and the extent of African influences on various contemporary art forms. This work continues at the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center which she opened in September 2003 in Bostons inner city of Roxbury. Her center is home to her award winning youth professional dance companies NIA Dance Troupe, Girlz of IMANI, Aleye Boyz Troupe and IMANI, Jr. In 2007, NIA Dance Troupe won three national dance competitions including two on BETs 106 & Park Wild-Out Wednesday dance competition. Additionally, Girlz of IMANI and IMANI, Jr. have placed first in the New England Cheer and Dance Competitions which were held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. The center also houses OrigiNations Performing Arts Program, the Summer Dance Intensive and the Youth Empowerment through the Arts Tour. This tour kicked off in November 2007 with a 10-day tour in South Africa. During this tour, members of NIA Dance Troupe performed and facilitated dance workshops as well as distributed donated clothes and school supplies to students in Pretoria, Capetown, Johannesburg and Soweto. Tours following South Africa included Senegal, Europe, and New Orleans. Shaumba-Yandje is featured in the January 2012 issue of Exhale Magazine alongside her sisters, Musau and Muadi Dibinga.