Postponed: Dreaming Zenzile

Based on the life of Miriam Makeba
by Somi Kakoma
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

Note: The Rep has postponed its production of Dreaming Zenzile due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The goal is to mount the show in summer 2020. View our statement here.

At her final concert, on the eve of her death, South African musical legend Miriam Makeba delivers the performance of her life, raising the conscience and the consciousness of a people. But the ancestors are calling – transporting her through the music and fractured memories of her past on a spiritual journey of reconciliation. Written and performed by international music sensation Somi Kakoma, this world premiere musical is an electrifying portrait of a revolutionary artist’s singular voice and vision.

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Cast & Creative Staff


  • Somi Kakoma – Miriam Makeba
  • Toru Dodo – Pianist
  • Benjamin Jephta – Bass
  • Siphesihle Ngema – Sangoma Chorus Male
  • Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa – Sangoma Chorus Female
  • Hervé Samb – Guitar
  • Sheldon Thwaites – Drums
  • Jason Veasey – Sangoma Chorus Male
  • Phindi Wilson – Sangoma Chorus Female


  • Director: Lileana Blain-Cruz
  • Musical Director: Hervé Samb
  • Scenic Designer: Ricardo Hernandez
  • Costume Designer: Mimi Plange
  • Lighting Designer: Yi Zhao
  • Sound Designer: Justin Ellington
  • Stage Manager: Tony Dearing

Age Recommendations

Dreaming Zenzile is recommended for adults and teenage audiences. The musical chronicles the life of musician and activist Miriam Makeba, a story that includes adult relationships, abuse, and descriptions of war and violence in South Africa.