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Adams - Musician and Actor - Cape
Born in Mitchells Plain, Emo Adams, at age 9 was
cast for the production District 6: The Musical. Emo
is the only person to have played every character in
District 6. Emo Adams has 2 older brothers; Luqmaan
Emo Adams is a South African actor, singer and
producer best known for his collaborations with
David Kramer and the late Taliep Pietersen,
specifically his roles in the musicals District 6:
The Musical and Kat & the Kings.
Born and raised in the heart of the Cape Flats,
Mitchells Plein, Adams is the younger sibling of
only two sons.
His childhood years were filled with the sound of
harmonies and song, strongly influenced by his
musically inclined father and the musical talent of
his elder brother, fellow actor Luqmaan
At the age of 9, Emo was cast to play the role of a
homeless street child in the renowned theatre
production District 6: The Musical, written and
produced by David Kramer and the late Taliep
It was here where his love for theatre and his
journey into the world of the performing arts began.
Spending most of his teenage years singing along to
the melodies of the Malay Choirs and annually
performing with them as part of his Malay cultural
background, music and melodies became an infectious
part of his life.
On completion of his high school career at Spine
Road High, Mitchell's Plein, he embarked on
furthering his education when he enrolled at Boston
He soon discovered though that his passion for
performing was ultimately where his heart lies.
In 1996, along with three friends and his brother,
Luqmaan, Emo formed a 5-member boy band called JAG.
The group soon became popular in and around the
Cape, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg for their
perfect harmonies and entertaining live
Although JAG still perform together as a group, Emo
has over the years managed to add a history of
drama, dance, music and theatre.
In 2001, he once again was cast in the production
District 6: The Musical. This time he played the
role of "Sophia", a dynamic, glamorous drag queen.
In 2000 Emo traveled extensively to Germany as part
of the cast of David Kramer and Taliep Pietersen's
Lawrence Olivier award-winning production Kat & the
Kings, in which he played the role of a young
On being cast in the Bollywood production Fusion,
which was staged at the Globe Theatre in
Johannesburg in 2006, Emo performed Indian song and
dance in a traditional Bollywood style.
In television, he played a lead role in the kykNET
television series Alie Barber, made guest
appearances on the musical game show Liriekeraai and
was a guest on the talk show Dis Hoe Dit Is Met
Steve, hosted by Steve
In 2007 he performed alongside Mynie Grové and many
other Afrikaans artists at the annual KKNK Fees in
He then headed to the rural town of Clanwilliam
where he auditioned local young school kids and
spent weeks producing and directing a musical
production as part of the 2007 Cederberg Festival.
Also in 2007, Emo released his first CD, "Tall, Dark
& Afrikaans", which was produced by D'Six Records.
In April 2008 he appeared in the SABC2 mini-series
Malan en Kie, playing the role of Solly.
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Adams - Musician and Actor - Cape Town
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