September 28, 2016, 7:00 pm

Jesse Auditorium

This big musical showcase is a celebration of the 30-year partnership and collaboration between the University of Missouri – St. Louis and the University of the Western Cape. The musical is a focus on the life, times and struggles of icon and music legend Miriam Makeba.

The production, with its all-South African cast and orchestra, consisting of students, professional and semi-professional community dancers and actors, features 30 of Makeba’s most popular songs. It proves to be a dramatic show full of sound and sentiment, vibrancy and fears, and defiance of the apartheid era from the perspective of the black majority.

This musical is an original musical drama, researched and written over three years (and ultimately directed) by American Professor and Award-winning director Niyi Coker Jr. with support from the Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellowship Program, and in association with ZM Makeba Trust and Siyandisa Music.

“It is quite humbling – and a true privilege – to be able to tell the story of this icon,” says Coker.

As for the performance, the kind of energy it evokes comes straight from the heart, in true South African style.

Ticket Prices: $25 | $15