February 21, 2024

Photograph: Youtube screengrab music video for Mbongeni Ngema’s music Woza My Fohloza


JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Famend South African playwright, producer and composer Mbongeni Ngema has died in a automobile crash on the age of 68, his household mentioned.

“Ngema was killed in a head-on automobile accident whereas getting back from a funeral he was attending in Lusikisiki within the Japanese Cape this night,” his household mentioned in a press release Wednesday. The celebrated playwright was a passenger within the automobile concerned within the crash.

He was greatest recognized for creating the hit Sarafina! which first premiered on Broadway in 1988. It was tailored right into a musical drama starring Whoopi Goldberg in 1992 which turned a global success and was nominated for the Tony and Grammy Awards.

Sarafina! informed the story of a younger scholar and the way she impressed her friends to struggle towards racial segregation in apartheid South Africa after her trainer was thrown in jail.

Apartheid was an institutionalized system that discriminated towards non-whites and ensured South Africa was dominated by the minority white inhabitants from 1948 until the early Nineties.

Ngema’s physique of labor contains the much-acclaimed theatre manufacturing Woza Albert, which first confirmed in 1981 and went on to win greater than 20 awards the world over.