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Author(s)

Mbongeni Ngema & Hugh Masakela

Venue

Royal Alexandra Theatre

Show Run

September, 4 1990 - October, 13 1990

Season

1990/91 Main Season

Genre

Musical

Producer/Director

Lincoln Center Theater, Committed Artists/ Mbongeni Ngema

Black & white photo of 3 Black women smiling in friendship

Sarafina! is a South African musical by Mbongeni Ngema depicting the student uprising against apartheid in Soweto told from the point of view of an ambitious school girl actress-activist named Sarafina. It had its Canadian premiere at the Royal Alex in September 1990.

The creation of the musical was chronicled in the documentary film, Voices of Sarafina! A film adaptation was made in 1992 starring Whoopi Goldberg and Leleti Khumalo.