Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

The production tells the story of activist and Grammy award-winning musician Miriam Makeba, outlining her role in bringing down apartheid, her varied musical career, betrayals, failed marriages and death of her only daughter while in exile. Set in Africa, the USA and Belgium, this musical is an inspirational and universal story that will appeal to multi-generational audiences worldwide. This production is in collaboration with ZM Makeba Trust and its wholly owned exclusive licensee Siyandisa Music (PTY) Ltd, the home of Miriam Makeba’s intellectual property and archive and between The University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL) and the University of the Western Cape. Niyi Coker, Distinguished Professor of Theater and Cinema Arts at UMSL, serves as both the production’s writer and director. Miriam Makeba set up the ZM Makeba Trust and Siyandisa Music (PTY) Ltd in 2002 with a multiple decade long term vision to enable such opportunities as Miriam Makeba: Mama Africa the Musical. A variety of semi-professionals, students and newcomers make up the extensive cast of 40 South African actors of various ethnicities.