by Richard Loring. South Africa’s longest running musical,**** A song-and-dance musical that fuses Kwela-jive, traditional gum boot, tap, contemporary ballet and hip-hop pantsula to tell the story of the people of Africa.
The show had its inaugural performance before Nelson Mandela and other international dignitaries on Robben Island on Millenium Eve on 31 December 1999, and thereafter had a World Premiere on the 11th May 2000. By 2012 it had seen some 4000 performances across the globe, including countries such as the USA, Canada, China, Australia, India, Monte Carlo, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Morocco, Ghana, Israel, Mexico, Lebanon and France.
Among the many accolades received by African Footprint are: In 2000: Vita Award for Best Ensemble-Best Musical Production-Best Lighting and a Royal Variety Performance for HRH Prince Charles; in 2005 a Naledi Award for Best Choreography and one for Best Lighting; in 2006 a South African Tourism Award and aperformance for HRH Duke of Edinburgh World Foundation at St James Palace; in 2008 Paris Match Certificate of Excellence and Professionalism and in 2009 a performance at the Presidential Inauguration.
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