The Lions of Zululand are touring schools across the UK, starting today at a Primary School in County Durham.

Lions of Zululand are a group of singers and dancers from some of thepoorest regions of South Africa.

They have been together for 12 years, and perform mainly in schools. A spokesman said:

"Employing authentic African dancers and singers gives a rich experience students will never forget.Emphasis is always on inclusion; participants will get the opportunity to learn and reproduce the skills they have gained in the workshops, leaving them feeling confident and inspired.The Lions’ singing, dancing and drumming is empowering; participation builds confidence, concentration, physical coordination and is an amazing team building exercise."

'Empowering'. Credit: Ginger Music Company

The first date of their tour takes them to Sugar Hill Primary School in Newton Aycliffe.