Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Videos Of African Musical Productions, Part I

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part 1 of a two part post which showcases African musical productions.

Click for Part II of this post.

The content of this post is presented for historical, folkloric, educational, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes. The copyrights remain with their owners.

My thanks to the composers and performers of this music. My thanks also to the producers of these musicals, the videographers, and the uploaders of these featured videos.

By no means are these featured videos the only video clips of African musicals that are available on YouTube. As an aside - judging from the videos available on YouTube, it appears that for some reason most of African musical productions showcase the culture of the nation of South Africa and/or the region of South Africa.

(These videos are posted in no particular order.)

Video #1: SaRaFiNa

Uploaded by yazoshea on Mar 10, 2011

"Sarafina! is a South African musical by Mbongeni Ngema depicting students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to apartheid. It was also adapted into a 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Leleti Khumalo. Sarafina! premiered on Broadway on January 28, 1988, at the Cort Theatre, and closed on July 2, 1989, after 597 performances and 11 previews. The musical was conceived and directed by Mbongeni Ngema, who also wrote the book, music, and lyrics. The play was first presented at The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa, in June 1987.

The cast included Leleti Khumalo as Sarafina.
Leleti Khumalo received a Tony Award nomination, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, as well as a NAACP Image Award for her Broadway theatre portrayal of the title character. The production was also nominated for the Tony Award for: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, and Best Direction of a Musical.

The show presents a school uprising similar to the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. A narrator introduces several characters among them the schoolgirl activist Sarafina. Things get out of control when a policeman shoots several pupils in a classroom. Nevertheless, the musical ends with a cheerful farewell show of pupils leaving school, which takes most of the second act."


Uploaded by yazoshea on Mar 10, 2011

Video #3: Umoja- The Spirit Of Together

Uploaded by LConcert on Apr 6, 2010

Video #3: Umoja- The Spirit Of Together 2

Uploaded by Mrbobodigital on Mar 23, 2011

Video #4: gumboots dance story

Uploaded by crepusculeindien on Jul 11, 2007

artist : gumboots dancers, south africa
place : the playhouse theatre, london, uk
the show explained (eng.) :
history (fr. & eng.):

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