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Miriam Makeba: Mama Africa the Musical 

When: Thu., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 17, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 18, 2 p.m. 2016
Price: $25-$35
Miriam Makeba was imprisoned when she was just six months old as a result of her mother serving a sentence for home brewing. It was not her last run-in with the South African legal system. As an adult, the singer was denied entry to her homeland because of her outspoken opposition to apartheid. Undaunted, she traveled the world to sing her own unique concoction of traditional South African songs and American jazz, denouncing apartheid and injustice along the way. Niyi Coker's play Miriam Makeba: Mama Africa the Musical is a celebration of Makeba's life that deals truthfully with her exile, her marriages and her triumphant return to South Africa in 1990. The show features a cast of 40 performers from South Africa. Miriam Makeba is performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (September 15 to 18) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis' Touhill Performing Arts Center (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; www.touhill.org). Tickets are $25 to $35.
— Paul Friswold
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