David Kramer, Music Director
David Kramer Band
For 40 years, David Kramer's interest and passion has
been to explore a South African identity in the songs and musicals that he has written and
directed. He has made a remarkable contribution to South Africa's cultural life as a
thoughtful and ever-experimenting cultural practitioner, versatile artist,
songwriter, musician, playwright, director, and environmental activist.
Through his songwriting and theatrical projects, he continues to elucidate social
issues from a cultural perspective and enrich South Africa's music heritage by showcasing
marginalized and endangered musical practices and traditions.
In a similar way to the Lomax family in the US, he has traveled widely in
remote regions of Southern Africa to find musicians who played a long-forgotten music and
showcased them on stage. He produced an award-winning documentary about this experience
called Karoo Kitaar Blues.
Together with his creative partner, the late Taliep Petersen, he created a body of musical
theater, one of which-Kat and the Kings-was seen at the Cort Theatre on Broadway
in 1999, after having won a Laurence Olivier Award on the West End in London. His current
project is a new musical, which tells the story of Orpheus McAdoo and the Virginia Jubilee
Singers who toured South Africa in the 1890s. Orpheus in Africa will premiere at
the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town in February 2015.