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Musical Sarafina Makes Thrilling Comeback, Thanks to MPESA Foundation

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Musical Sarafina Makes Thrilling Comeback, Thanks to MPESA Foundation
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Musical Sarafina Makes Thrilling Comeback, Thanks to MPESA Foundation
36 years after it premiered, one of the world’s most hailed musical Sarafina, is once again creating waves across the country. The Mpesa Foundation has embarked on a thrilling journey into the realm of captivating performances and enhancing its melodies! “The Sound of Freedom”
MPESA Foundation Music instructor Judith “Koki” Chepkirui, says “Having grown up watching the Sarafina movie, it really excited me and I always wanted to play the role of Sarafina. But as a teacher now, producing it is an even bigger deal. I get to teach the kids the history of apartheid in South Africa and how they can apply it in their lives right now”

Musical Sarafina Makes Thrilling Comeback, Thanks to MPESA Foundation

“My understanding of Sarafina is how children can fight for their future, for their land, for their country for a better tomorrow” says MPESA Foundation ICT Manger Naomi Wangari
Sarafina! is still with us amid the struggles of the young people.
“It’s a story about students, and who better to relate to this story than students themselves. So Africans telling African stories, and specifically the African stories that have historical context, things that happened that should never happen again. So this is a story we need to keep telling and telling and telling,” she opines.

Musical Sarafina Makes Thrilling Comeback, Thanks to MPESA Foundation

Zena Zawadi, the Lead Character in Sarafina says before auditioning, she watched the movie and could relate with the challenges.
Sarafina! is all about strength, about people lacking it and people overflowing with it. Sarafina herself is a Soweto girl with great hopes for the future, despite her family’s poverty and her mother’s (Miriam Makeba) work away from home, forcing Sarafina to take care of her younger siblings.

Musical Sarafina Makes Thrilling Comeback, Thanks to MPESA Foundation

It also demonstrates the battle that the children of Soweto waged against the brutal apartheid Government that formerly ruled South Africa. It shows that children can have an effect on their world.
The movie helps us see the world through the eyes of others and to understand things that were previously alien. We empathize with the characters, see their struggles up close and will them to success.

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