Durban Living Legend – Thuli Dumakude
Actor Thuli Dumakude was born in Lamontville, Durban in 1949. She acted internationally in plays such as Rafiki, Poppie Nongena, and Bongi to mention but a few. She played KaMadonsela (Lady Macbeth) in Welcome Msomi’s Umabatha in South Africa and abroad and featured as soloist in the movies, Cry Freedom, Power of One and Serengeti for Imax Theatre.
On Broadway in New York she was the vocal coach for Sarafina! and Sheila’s Day. She choreographed Umabatha (a Zulu adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Welcome Msomi) for the Muntu Dance Theatre in Chicago and for the Dinuzulu Dance Company. Currently she is working with 20 rural women in the village of Galibasi in Muden (KZN) doing beadwork. Part of the proceeds from the international sales of the beadwork to New York theatre goers go to AIDS organisations in South Africa.