The Joburg Theatre proudly presents the first ever Nigerian musical; Kakaduan exchange of rhythms” from the 7thJune to the 18th June 2017. In celebration of Africa month, the show is a fitting production to be staged in South Africa.

This popular show debuted in Lagos to critical acclaim, having run successfully in Nigeria and Switzerland. The award-winning production is infused with an eclectic blend of music ranging from Anglo-American pop and soul, afro beat, traditional Igbo, Yoruba folk and Juju music. It is the first Nigerian production to be staged in South Africa and Joburg Theatre is thrilled to be hosting such a world-class musical, celebrating African excellence, especially during Africa month.

“Kakadu is a highly creative, original production which has been internationally acclaimed as the first ever musical from Nigeria and that is why we are interested in bringing it to South Africa for the 2017 Africa month celebrations”, commented Claire Pacariz, Executive Producer of Joburg City Theatres.

The musical is based on the story of Nigeria gaining independence from British colonial rule. It is on the optimistic period of a new found freedom. The story showcases Lagos in its most hedonistic state, just like the European cities in the sixties. Kakadu is a popular nightclub a mecca of all music of all genre and fashion. Boasting a strong plot, storyline, dance moves, stellar cast and intoxicating music, the show is relatable and equally inspiring.

Kakadu’s Executive Producer and writer Uche Nwokedi, who is also one of the leading lawyers in Nigeria, believes that the project is aimed at bridging the gap between Nigeria and South Africa, exporting the South African distinctive cultural values and as a further denunciation of xenophobia through beautiful music and enthralling drama. He is excited to bring Kakadu to the Mandela stage, Joburg Theatre, to showcase the creativity and originality of this Nigerian masterpiece. The two countries have over the years maintained strong relations, and such artistic productions have a huge contribution in solidifying ties.

Fans will be treated to out-of-this-world fashion, extravagant fashion, reliving the sixties through this award-winning musical. Kakadu means “A Place to belong” which is testament to what Africa is.


As part of the production and showcasing its potential, its extraordinary talent and musicality, the production will host a cultural exchange workshop titled “An Exchange of Rhythms” at Soweto Theatre on the 13th June.


Performances are from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm and 2pm on Sundays. Tickets are from R180 – R350.

These are available by visiting or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets.  For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on (011) 877 6853/6855.


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