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Mbongeni Ngema

Mbongeni Ngema is an internationally renowned playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. His award-winning musical Sarafina!, which was nominated for five Tony Awards, has been performed all over the world. The musical won 11 NAACP Image Awards and ran for two years on Broadway, before being adapted into a feature film.

Ngema’s other works include Woza Albert, Township Fever (1990), which travelled from the Market Theatre to the USA the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Majestic Theatre; Mama (1995), Asinamali (1996), Maria Maria (1997), 1906 Bhambatha The Freedom Fighter, The House of Shaka (2005) and The Lion of the East (2006).

Ngema has also composed several music albums, including the famous and locally loved album Stimela SaseZola. He has written and arranged numerous songs as well as arranged music for artists such as Michael Bolton. He was also one of the vocal arrangers for The Lion King.

Recently, Ngema has tapped into his own richly-nurtured background of traditional story-telling to create his spell-binding one-man show. The Zulu continues to tour South Africa and is set to soon tour abroad.


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