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Afrique mon Désir (Africa My Longing) is a multi-media world music production by the CTMA, directed by industry heavyweight David Kramer with musical direction by Schalk Joubert. It features award-winning South African singer and composer Laurinda Hofmeyr and the Afrique mon Désir ensemble – a group of 8 musicians and singers from West and South Africa.


In Afrique mon Désir, Hofmeyr combines exhilarating rhythms with mesmerising Francophone poetry whilst exploring themes of displacement and longing and a deep connection to the continent of Africa. This acclaimed production first played at the Prince Albert Reading Festival in November 2017 and debuted officially to a packed audience at the SU Woordfees in 2018. Afrique mon Désir received WoordTROfee and KANNA nominations for Best Music Group and Best Music Production respectively.

In June 2018, the production travelled to France where it blew audiences away in Paris, Bordeaux, Poitiers and Angouleme and was embraced by the international media. In October 2018 Afrique mon Désir had a a run at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and was nominated for a kykNET Fiesta for Best Music Driven Production in Theatre.


Project Reach.

16 performances (South Africa & France), 3400 audience (South Africa), 650 (France)

Project Impact.

26 jobs including musicians, stage manager, producers, composer, musical director, animator, lighting designer, costume designer, publicist, social media manager, translator, sound engineers, record agent, distributor, lawyer, graphic designer.

Watch the Music Videos.

"Die Dans van die Rëen"

"Sous la Terre"

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Afrique Mon  Désir cast ©CTMA

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Afrique Mon Désir cast members with  stage director, David Kramer ©CTMA

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Afrique Mon Désir cast with audience members ©CTMA

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Afrique Mon Désir theatre show promotional poster ©CTMA

“The best album and stage production I have seen in the last decade.”

- Jean Bernard, Bordeaux-based critic for Elektrik Bamboo 

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