many works include MNTANAMI NOMHLANGANO MNTANAMI,
QONDENI, CHARRIE NTIMBANE, productions performed
in South Africa and Swaziland; PHEZULU, a music
and dance production for the International Youth
Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland; BLACK AND WHITE
IS BEAUTIFUL, which toured Europe; MAKHOBA AND
THEMBI, a screenplay inspired by Carl Foreman.
Msomi's significant success, UMABATHA (a Zulu
adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth) staged at
the Aldwych in 1972 and 1973 in Sir Peter Daubeny's
World Theatre Season, became an instant hit. UMABATHA
is hailed as the only cultural classic to come
from South Africa. For 30 years UMABATHA was performed
in many parts of the world including the Festival
of Two Worlds in Italy, Israel, Charleston, South
Carolina and all the major cities in the USA.
writing for the stage, Mr. Msomi has written and
acted in radio plays; hosted his own radio show; composed
and produced songs for all his musicals under
his record label in association with EMI-South
Africa. Other credits include THE DAY.
NIGHT, produced by the Music Theatre Group; HALALA,
produced by Eric Krebs at the Douglas Fairbanks
Theatre; WOMEN OF COURAGE, produced by Audelco
NY. Other presentations he has created and produced
are: SINA; JOURNEY BACK HOME; FROM SOWETO TO SELMA;
directed BUYA AFRICA, a one-woman production featuring
Thuli Dumakude. He also created music and movement
for TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT, a Royal Shakespear
Company production and Msomi was subsequently
nominated for Sir Lawrence Olivier Award for choreography.
Conceived and directed SONKE FESTIVAL. SIYANQOBA
FESTIVAL and the 10th May 1994 NELSON MANDELA
INAUGURATION (MANY CULTURES, ONE COUNTRY) in Pretoria.
Launched the ZULU LION KING for Ster Kinekor;
JOYFUL SOUNDS UNDER AFRICAN SKIES for TF1 French
directed Nelson Mandela 75th Birthday Celebration
and was also involved with Nelson Mandela's 77th,
78th, 80th and 88th birthday celebrations.
1995 Msomi auditioned 4000 actors for the revival
of UMABATHA; resulting in the formation of a sixty-member
company. 1997 UMABATHA went on tour; New York;
San Francisco; Los Angeles; Berkley; California;
Irvine, CA; Scottsdale, Arizona; Columbus, Ohio;
Mississauga; Canada; Binghamton, NY; Glassboro,
NJ; Newark, NJ; Boston, Massachusetts and the
Globe Theatre, London. In 2000 UMABATHA was performed
at the Globe Theatre for Celebrate South Africa.
Welcome Msomi has a leading reputation in the
creation of value networks and leading business
concepts. His products have become towering examples
of partnership, innovation and outsourcing in
the communications industry of South Africa.
In 1994 Welcome formed a joint venture event marketing
company, named Msomi Hunt Lascaris.
1996 Msomi co-founded and became first CEO of
Sasani Limited, a global entertainment and production
company with sound studios, film processing labs
and camera rental companies in Johannesburg and
Cape Town. Welcome is chairman of Welcome Msomi
Gateway, a production house supplying TV programmes
to the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
In 2001 Welcome Msomi PR merged with Meropa Communications,
a public relations firm; now Msomi is director
of Meropa. Msomi-Hankinson Productions focuses
on music production for local and international
Welcome is chairman of Welcome Msomi Gateway,
CCN, NetworkBBDO, Welcome Msomi Technologies,
Welcome Msomi Solutions, as well as the Ziphathe
Today, Welcome strategically steers his network,
bringing specialists together in order to best
satisfy your company's communication needs. He
is currently the CEO of Welcome Msomi Communications
- the network that tells your story.