Mama Africa back at Artscape

2017-01-26 06:03
 The Miriam Makeba Mama Africa The Musical cast will be in action.

The Miriam Makeba Mama Africa The Musical cast will be in action.

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By popular demand, Miriam Makeba Mama Africa The Musical will be staged at Artscape Theatre from 02 – 12 February 2017.

The story of the life and career of the Grammy award winning singer and civil rights activist, is delightfully told in the musical, written/directed by Niyi Coker Jnr, winner of Washington DC Kennedy Centre Award for directing.

The production parades top performers including JENNIFER PAU-KAKAZA, whose credits include (Lady Macbeth) in Macbeth, Ciesca, (Gianna Schichi); and 1st Chercatrice (Suor Angelica). She has also done voice over work, background vocals and acted films, series, and musical shows.

SIMANGELE MASHAZI is a talented singer/songwriter, who has performed on various stages at festivals such as KKNK, Woordfees, the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival and Darling’s Vooorkamer Festival. Most recently she shared the stage with the Ramon Alexander Quartet at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

PHELO NODLAYIYA, who performed roles including Osmin from Die Entfurhung aus dem Serail, Coppelius from Tales of Hoffman, Don Alfonso from Cosi fan Tutte to mention but a few.

The cross-continental cultural project, Mama Africa The Musical, started three years ago as a collaboration between the University of Missouri, St. Louis USA, and the University of the Western Cape, with the collaboration of the ZM Makeba Trust.

The maiden show of the 40-man cast with an international crew musical was at The Great Hall, University of Western Cape, South Africa from (May 25-29, 2016). It later proceeded on tour of the USA at The Anhuesser Busch Theatre in the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Centre, University of Missouri Campus, St. Louis (September 15--18, 2016); and Skirball Performing Art Center, New York City on October 3, 2016.

After these successful runs in the academic circuits in both South Africa and the USA, Mama Africa has been repackaged for wider public showing starting with its scheduled run at the influential theatrical performance space, Artscape.

Professor Coker (Jnr), the E. Desmond Lee Distinguished Professor of African/African-American Studies, Theatre & Cinema Arts at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis did an extensive research into the life and career of Miriam Makeba, especially her role in the struggle against apartheid. Makeba’s life story illustrates the resilience of the African spirit, master artistry and positive, forward looking spirit.

It is also billed to tour the United Kingdom in March, and Nigeria in May 2017.

Tickets (ranging from R100 – R120 per person) are available through Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021 421 7839) and Computicket outlets.

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