A woman in a brightly coloured dress and head-dress stands next to a microphone.

About Celebrating Sanctuary: Mama Afrika by Anna Mudeka

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, the story features many best loved songs, embodying an irrepressible spirit and integrity which earned her legendary status.

Celebrating Sanctuary

Celebrating Sanctuary (CSB)are a diverse music and arts organisation who support and promote refugee and migrant artists.

Celebrating Sanctuary had the pleasure of sharing this production in its development stage during Refugee Week 2022 to a full house! It was so well received that they are delighted to bring it back by popular demand.

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 and Norwich Theatre.

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