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Soundjata [1] is a famous West African epic of Son-Jara (also known in West Africa as Sunjata, sometimes spelled Soundiata or Sundiata), which celebrates the exploits of the legendary founder of the empire of Old Mali or Manden some 750 years ago.

The original text

Soundjata, as performed in Cape Town, was compiled from various versions of the African oral epic.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Soundjata was directed by Mark Fleishman, starring Buntu Pupa, Akin Omotoso, Sipho Masha, Mandisa Bardill, Amanda Lane, Jocelyn Hughes and Nomahulubi Mangele at the Little Theatre, Cape Town, circa 1995. Jennie Reznek was the movement director, Glenn Morton the musical director and design and lighting was by Paul Abrams.


Soundjata theatre programme, undated.

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