Several South African cast members of Disney’s The Lion King will gather tonight to host a benefit concert at The Rose Theater, near 20th and Farnam Streets.
The 6 p.m. concert of African stories, titled “SIMUNYE”, will support The Healing Kadi Foundation.
SIMUNYE means “we are one” in Zulu.
The Healing Kadi Foundation’s mission is to bring modern, reliable, and sustainable healthcare to the people of South Sudan. Their goal is to build and maintain a permanent medical facility in Kajo Keli, South Sudan. Currently, there are approximately 500,000 people in this region with virtually no access to medical care. The foundation believes that providing medical care will allow this war-torn region to experience hope and healing.
The event will feature performances of both traditional and modern African children’s stories and music in the authentic South African style. The vocalists and storytellers for the event are Nteliseng Nkhela, Portia Magwaza, Vusi B. Mhlongo, Sihle Ngema, Mpume Sikakane, Ntomb’Khona Dlamini, and Electra Weston (photographed above).
Weston, a soprano singer in the show, said the Lion King cast is quite generous, “anything that we can give back is our main concern.”
Seating at the theatre is limited, and it is advised to reserve or buy tickets in advance at the Rose Theater box office or by calling 402-345-4849. The box office will accept cash and check donations. Credit card donations can be made online at www.healingkadi.org. Printed copies of the online minimum $15 donation should be presented at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Healing Kadi Foundation.
Cast members will also host two children story times — 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday — at the NeverEnough bookstore, 309 S. 16th St., in downtown Omaha.
“The community gives to us,” she said. “So we like to give back.”
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