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Mbongeni Ngema

Mbongeni Ngema was born as Mbongeni Israel Ngema. He is known for his work on The Lion King (1994), Sarafina! (1992) and Voices of Sarafina! (1988). He has been married to Leleti Khumalo since 1992. See full bio »


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Known For

The Lion King
The Lion King Music Department
Sarafina! Writer
Voices of Sarafina!
Asinamali Writer


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  Asinamali (screenplay) (announced)
 1992 Sarafina! (play) / (screenplay)
 1988 Voices of Sarafina! (Documentary) (writer)
 1986 Screenplay (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Asinamali (1986) ... (writer)
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Asinamali ... (play)
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 1994 The Lion King (choir master) / (choral arranger) / (choral conductor) / (vocal contractor)
 1994 Ipi Tombi (music producer)
 1992 Sarafina! (music arranger: songs)
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 2006 Heartlines
Bra Stone
 1999 Saints, Sinners and Settlers (TV Mini-Series)
 1992 Sarafina!
 1986 Screenplay (TV Series)
- Asinamali (1986)
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
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 1992 Sarafina! (music: "Lord's Prayer") / (performer: "Lord's Prayer", "Lizobuya") / (writer: "Nkonyane Kandaba", "Freedom Is Coming Tomorrow", "Sabela", "Sechaba", "Safa Saphel' Isizwe", "Thank You Mama", "Vuma Diozi Lami", "Lizobuya")
 1988 The 42nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Sarafina!")
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 1992 Sarafina! (choreographer)
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 2008 Durban Poison (Documentary)
 1988 The 42nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Nominee: Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score & Best Choreography
 1982 Everyman (TV Series documentary)
- Woza Albert! (1982)

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He acted in Barney Simon's play, "Woza Albert!," at the Criterion Theatre in London, England with Percy Mtwa in the cast. See more »

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Has been nominated for four Tony Awards: in 1987, as Best Director (Play) for "Asinamali!;" and in 1988, as Best Director (Musical), Best Score (Musical), with Hugh Masekela, and Best Choreographer, with Ndaba Mhlongo, for "Serafina!"

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