Umoja

Cabaret and African Dance - Johannesburg
Umoja

 

UMOJA, meaning 'togetherness' in Zulu, unites 30 singers, dancers, drummers, marimba players and muscians, who represent the best of South Africa's young performers many of whom come from severely disadvantaged township backgrounds. The show enjoyed astonishing popular runs in the West End after it's premiere in 2000 and has gone to be seen by over four million people worldwide since then.

Marvel in the beautiful costumes & award winning, internationally acclaimed choreography. AFRICA UMOJA is a loud, colourful and jubilant celebration of life that audiences from all backgrounds have found infectiously delightful and uplifting. Relive the energy of Sophiatown, infused with passionate voices as they tell their story. The heart is saddened by cold stories of forced removals yet the feet continue to stomp along with the explosions of gumboot dancing.

Relive the energy of Sophiatown, infused with passionate voices as they tell their story. The heart is saddened by cold stories of forced removals yet the feet continue to stomp along with the explosions of gumboot dancing.

There are also the remnant sounds of the vibrant jazz that forced its way free from the constraints of the times and a thread of gospel music running through the tale recalls the huge helpings of faith and courage. This saw black South Africans through some of the country’s stormiest historical passages. Experience the remarkable journey travelled to the current sounds of Kwaito!

Despite its occasional moments of reflection and pathos, AFRICA UMOJA is a loud, colourful, and jubilant celebration of life that audiences – whatever their cultural backgrounds – have found infectiously delightful and uplifting. The 40-piece cast made up from a myriad of South African cultures has its own touching story to tell.

 

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