Zimbabwean born singer, musician and storyteller Anna Mudeka tells the remarkable life story of an iconic South African singer, songwriter and civil rights activist, Miriam Makeba, charting her rise from the townships of Johannesburg to global star, forced into exile for her stand against apartheid and marginalised for championing Black rights.
Told in four character incarnations chronicling a life blighted by hardship, tragedy and struggle; Mama Afrika: Hope, Determination and Song features many best loved songs including Mbube, Pata Pata and Soweto Blues, embodying an irrepressible spirit and integrity and which earned her legendary status.
Mama Afrika: Hope, Determination and Song is a solo performance by Anna Mudeka. Script by Zimbabwean writer Tomas Lutuli Brickhill, musical direction by John Vigar at Totena Music, backing soundtrack recorded by Zimbabwean multi-instrumentalist Ziva Guveya. Directed by Tonia Daley-Campbell. Produced by Arts La’Olam. Originally co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre and Supported by The Arts Council England, The Makeba Foundation & Norwich Theatre.
"The show had me laughing, dancing, singing and crying a little bit… an enriching performance”BBC Africa