Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont

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If you have Somali Bantu, Nepali or Swahili clients who do not understand the type of services you provide or how to access/utilize them, our staff and volunteers can help! The Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont has served as a social and resource center for refugees since its inception in 2007. Serving over 98% of the Somali Bantu refugee community in Chittenden County, the SBCAVT can work to make your services and programs not only visible within the community, but can also work with your staff to make your programs more accessible and culturally appropriate. Please feel free to contact us at 802-658-2683 or via email at for more information about this service

Art, Literature and Music
Art for the Bantu primarily takes the form of music and dance. Important aspects of their culture are passed down from one generation to the next through storytelling, singing, and oral recounting of their history. The Bantu play musical instruments, primarily drums, in their traditional ceremonies. Some Bantu work in urban Somalia playing in bands for the wider Somali population.

The Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont, Inc is currently supporting the Shabar Music Band, Iftin Traditional Band and the Drumming Band. They are musical groups that perform traditional song and dance. The purpose of these bands is to preserve the culture and traditions of the Somali Bantus. They create teamwork among the Somali Bantu youths. The Drumming Band is lead by Mohamed Bulle Ibrahim and Osman Hassan (Zuuka). Shabar Music Band is Lead by Omar Mohamed and Abukar Traffic. Iftin Traditional Band is lead by Bashir Haji Ahmed. They teach young man and women about their traditional music and drumming. They also perform different kinds of traditional dances during an annual Community gathering.

Community Drumming Band
The Somali Bantu Community Drumming Band is now available for private and public events and functions. Please contact us at for more information.

Shabar Music Band
The goal of the Shabar Music Band is to develop and strengthen youth and young children in traditional dance/music.

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