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About Umoja

Umoja is a pulsating musical celebration of South African song and dance. From the potent rhythms of tribal music to the intricate steps of gumboot dancing, the jazz of Sophietown, the joy of gospel and the pounding energy of contemporary kwaito.

Umoja, meaning ‘togetherness' in Zulu, unites 30 singers, dancers, drummers and marimba players, who represent the best of South Africa's young performers and many of whom come from severely disadvantaged township backgrounds.

The show enjoyed two astonishingly popular runs in the West End after its premiere in 2000 and has gone on to be seen by over four million people worldwide since then.

"The chandelier-shaking voices are enough to make you feel ashamed to be sitting still" Metro

Originally created by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni in 2000 as a way of a reminding a new generation of South Africans of their heritage, Umoja has gone on to win critical plaudits worldwide and collect multiple awards.