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Theatre/Live Music

MAMA AFRIKA: Hope, Determination and Song

Includes best loved songs Mbube, Pata Pata and Soweto Blues.

Zimbabwean born singer, musician and storyteller Anna Mudeka tells the remarkable life story of the 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 and is produced for family audiences of all ages.

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.

Co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre and Supported by Arts Council England & The Makeba Foundation.

COVID-19 Safety
We encourage patrons to wear a mask while moving around the building and when seated in the theatre.

Seating is not socially distanced. The theatre is ventilated before and after every performance with regular and thorough cleaning of touch points. Hand sanitiser and face masks are available onsite.

We regret that our theatre is up a flight of stairs with no wheelchair access available.