“A STIRRING AND ALTOGETHER
Exquisite artistry. Sheer vibrancy. It richly deserves to be seen, heard, and felt.”
— Don Aucoin The Boston Globe
Based on the life of Miriam Makeba.
Dreaming Zenzile is a thrilling new musical based on the life and music of superstar Miriam Makeba, the legendary singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. This world-premiere tour — written/performed by GRAMMY®-nominated music sensation Somi and directed by award-winning artist Lileana Blain-Cruz— is an electrifying portrait of a revolutionary artist’s singular voice and vision.
Championed by Harry Belafonte, Makeba’s popularity in the U.S. exploded after becoming the first African to win a GRAMMY, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show, and gracing the cover of Time magazine in 1967. Exiled from her South African homeland for standing against apartheid, her 1968 marriage to Stokely Carmichael resulted in a blacklisting also in the United States.
Somi Kakoma presents Makeba’s life as a series of dream-like memories during what would be her final concert, delivering the performance of her life, raising both the conscience and consciousness of a people. This spiritual journey of reconciliation with the past lifts up Makeba’s one-of-a-kind voice, art, and songs in this incredible, uplifting new musical.
Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
Feb 23, 2022 - Feb 27, 2022
Post Show Conversations
Join for a post show conversation after the following performances:
FEB 24 @ 7:30PM
FEB 25 @ 7:30PM
“Dreaming Zenzile” is an unmissable triumph of theatrical imagination.
— St. Louis Today
“Dreaming Zenzile is a MASTERPIECE IN MUSICALITY… I have never seen Miriam Makeba perform, but I can say with awe that I’ve seen Somi Kakoma. I urge you all to do the same.”
— Theater Mirror
February 24, 2022
Let’s Talk About Dreaming Zenzile
Kicking off our live theater productions in 2022 is the world-premiere tour of Dreaming Zenzile, written and performed by GRAMMY®-nominated music sensation Somi. Join the conversation and let us know...Read More
“RUN to see DREAMING ZENZILE! Miriam Makeba’s story told by truly brilliant performers & creative team!! Do not miss it!!!”
“Bravo for Dreaming Zenzile: great cast and amazing story of the career and life of Miriam Makeba.”
“Just saw Somi in Dreaming Zenzile…AWED by her wondrous talent, what a gift!”