Broadway is coming to AAI’s 60th Anniversary Awards Gala – Zulu style!
South African-born Thuli Dumakude, actress, singer, and choreographer will perform for guests at the spectacular Anniversary Gala on September 25. A powerful soul-stirring soprano, Dumakude played Rafiki in “Lion King on Broadway” and the lead role in “Poppie Nongena” in New York, London, Toronto, Australia and Chicago, and was a vocal coach for “Sarafina on Broadway”.
The award-winning performer is a recipient of Obie Awards in New York for her lead role in Poppie Nongena and the Sir Lawrence Olivier Award in London. She’s also the winner of three Audelco Awards in New York for writing, directing and performing her one woman show “Buya Africa”.
A celebrated singer and activist, she toured the world performing musical concerts during the apartheid era to raise awareness about the plight of her fellow South Africans. She worked with the late South African singer Miriam Makeba and sang before President Nelson Mandela at his 80th birthday celebration. She was invited by New York City’s Department of Education to tour schools teaching young people about the role of Africa in the world through music and dance.
Her charitable work includes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Lion King Companies in America, providing them with beaded merchandise to raise funds for HIV/AIDS. She has organized a group of 20 South African rural women to create beadwork, which is sold to theatre goers in New York to support South African AIDS organizations.