Top musical back to wow locals

THOSE who have been waiting for the opportunity to watch African Footprint, one of the country's biggest musical exports, need not wait any longer.

THOSE who have been waiting for the opportunity to watch African Footprint, one of the country's biggest musical exports, need not wait any longer.

The musical will perform at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park from tomorrow until June 20.

The musical is marking its 10th year on the world's stages, exporting South African culture and history - told through dance and song.

Produced by Richard Loring, African Footprint is South Africa's longest-running show. It is an explosive stampede of song and dance that tells the vibrant and diverse story of South Africa through a dazzling display of traditional African, kwela, tap, contemporary ballet, gumboot, and hip-hop pantsula dances.

The first performance of African Footprint was on Robben Island on December 31 1999, with the public debut in May 2000.

This first performance was viewed by a global audience that included guests of honour Nelson Mandela and then president Thabo Mbeki. Other high-profile guests included UK's Prince Charles and his father Prince Phillip, former US president Bill Clinton, Oscar-winning actors Louis Gosset Jnr and Danny Glover.

The production has staged more than 3800 performances since 2000. The non-stop, 90-minute musical of Africa's emergence onto the world stage is linked by the poetry of Sophiatown legend Don Mattera.

The show recently completed a highly successful tour of Mexico, US, France and Lebanon.

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