Durban Living Legend – Welcome Msomi
Welcome Msomi, born in Chesterville, Durban in 1943, started writing at the age of 15. He founded the iZulu Dance Theatre (IDT) and Music in 1965 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. In 1979 the IDT opened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to rave reviews. IDT offers Zulu language and African history classes. IZulu Dance Theatre Children’s Company was also formed. Some of his works include Mntanami Nomhlangano mntanami, Qondeni, Charrie Ntimbane, Phezulu, Black and White is beautiful and Makhoba and Thembi.
Msomi’s significant success, UMabatha (a Zulu adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth) was staged at the Aldwych Theatre in 1972 and at Sir Peter Daubeny’s World Theatre in 1973 season. He has written and acted in radio plays, hosted his own radio show, and composed and produced songs for all his musicals under his own record label in association with EMI-South Africa. He directed Buya Africa, and created music and movement for Tamburlaine the Great, a Royal Shakespeare Company production.