Africa Umoja is the History of African music
Africa Umoja is a well-known South African Stage Musical. However, it has been performed more overseas than in its own home country.
Africa Umoja is the History of African music, starting as early as the invention of the drum, taking you right up to the current 'Kwaito Music.' It traces the journey through Sophiatown, the earlier talent competitions and the influence of music on the mines in the apartheid era.
A piece that is both entertaining and educational, Africa Umoja plays a very important role in the education of our people - especially the youth - about their culture, circumstances prior to the new democratic dispensation in South Africa, and the importance of the spirit of togetherness amongst the diverse cultures of our country.
For the many tourists visiting our shores, Africa Umoja is a brief history of our land and a glimpse into the beautiful South African culture, and is a vehicle for promoting good relationships.
Through its workshop programmes, run mostly in the black townships, Africa Umoja highlights and encourages the system of self-help, through music and arts.
Africa Umoja is currently performing at the Victory Theatre in Orange Grove in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Victory Theatre - the home of Africa Umoja
In 2005 the Victory was revamped from an old cinema building, which was then known as the Victory Kinema, to the now new Victory Theatre. The results were the theatre which compares with any Broadway or West End theatre.
It boasts a 4-storey onsite car-park; a restaurant; a music bar and entertainment area; a balcony area; a rebuilt stage and state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment.
As South Africa is about to host the Confederations Cup soccer event, and fast approaching the final count-down to the World Cup, events venues are on the demand. The 450-seater Victory Theatre has proved popular as an events and catering venue, since opening its doors. It recently has successfully hosted the Australian Football League event, amongst others.
Situated at No 105 Louis Botha Avenue, in the posh Houghton area, it's easy to reach and is fast proving to be a beacon of the arts and culture in Johannesburg.