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Isango Ensemble gets a Boston welcome

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center dancers at Monday’s event.
OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center dancers at Monday’s event.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Local artists performed for South Africa's Isango Ensemble before the group began its run at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre this week. The Monday-night cast party at Roxbury Community College featured performances by percussionist Maria Finkelmeier, Black Nativity, jazz-funk-hip-hop ensemble AllBe, and dancers with OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center. Isango Ensemble wasn't expected to perform during the evening, but members were so inspired by the Boston groups that they joined the lineup.

Members of Isango Ensemble performed Monday at an event at Roxbury Community College.
Members of Isango Ensemble performed Monday at an event at Roxbury Community College.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

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