A taste of South Africa is coming to New Orleans in a unique show. Through eight different performances across two weekends, Africa Umjoa tells the story of the South African experience through a stage play featuring live music, colorful costumes, acclaimed choreography, and more. The show was born out of creators Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni’s dream of helping South African youth remember their heritage. A dream come to life, Africa Umjoa is now touring across the US with shows in major cities including Houston, Washington D.C., Miami, Atlanta, and Baltimore.
Africa Umoja has performed in over 50 countries worldwide and features a cast of native South Africans and music of Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mazbazo, Miriam Mekeba, and other legendary South African musicians. Music is central to the show’s narrative. You can expect to hear the sounds of indigenous South African music from the earliest rhythms to the current club sounds of kwaito. A tribute to the late South African president and hero Nelson Mandela is sure to be a highlight of the show.
Experience Africa Umoja at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts from September 1-9, 2018. For a 10% discount on tickets, go to ticketmaster.com, search “Africa Umoja,” select the event, and apply the password: togetherness into the box marked special offers at checkout.