Mbongeni Ngema’s musical Sarafina! was first performed in June 1987 at the Market Theatre. Twenty Eight years later almost to the day, it is the turn of the born frees from the Northlink College Performing Arts Department (Tygerberg Campus) to bring this evergreen production to a new generation.
Based on the 1976 Soweto youth uprisings, Sarafina! tells the story of a young school girl not afraid to fight for her rights and inspires her peers to do the same. Inspired by Mistress it’s A Pity, Sarafina leads her class mates in protests. Jailed, tortured and humiliated, Sarafina returns to school to pursue her dream of playing Nelson Mandela in her school production.
Liberation songs, like Sechaba and the popular Mbaqanga (indigenous township rock) songs, like Kilimanjaro rub shoulders in this Ngema and Hugh Masikela collaboration. Not to mention the well known gospel version of The Lord’s Prayer.
A fusion of infectious dance styles with a modern Township performance style touch, express the score of Sarafina!
Sarafina! is on at the Baxter Theatre from 1-3 October 2015
Directed by Kobus Hanekom, Musical Direction by Roshan Chakane and Choreography by Tyron Zoutman. Bookings at Computicket.