Sarafina!: Musical Info & Synopsis


Sarafina! takes audiences into the heart of South Africa during the apartheid era. The story revolves around Sarafina, a young Black student, and her peers as they navigate the challenges of an oppressive educational system and join the fight against apartheid. Set against the backdrop of the Soweto Uprising in 1976, the musical captures the spirit of resistance and the quest for freedom. Sarafina! reflects the resilience and determination of the youth in the face of adversity.

Musical Information

Parental Warning: Adult Themes/Content

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

Cast Size: 23

Genre: Historical

Setting: 1970s / Africa (South Africa)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mbongeni Ngema

Music/Lyrics: Hugh Masekela

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1989)➝


1980s, Black Artists, Black History, Dark, Historical, Obscure, One-Word, Political, True Story

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