Umoja – The Spirit of Togetherness

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("Umoja" is the Swahili and Zulu word for "Unity").

Umoja – The Spirit of Togetherness is a musical "Song & Dance" play by Todd Twala, Thembi Nyandeni and Ian von Memerty. With a large cast of singers, dancers, drummers and marimba players it is a musical celebration of South African song and dance, from tribal music, gumboot dancing and Sophiatown jazz, to Gospel Kwaito and Pantsula. It premiered in London's West End in 2001, produced by Joe Theron and directed by Ian von Memerty and has been staged around the world since.

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Performance history in South Africa

Staged in Joe Theron's Victory Theatre in Johannesburg in February 2002, directed by Ian von Memerty. The same production opened in February 2003 in the Playhouse Theatre in Durban.


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