Song of Africa

Story of a Zulu jazz band

directed by: Emil Nofal
produced by: African Films
(1951) 58 minutes
60 min

Musical Director: Charles Berman With Joseph Muso, Albertina Temba, Daniel Moshesh, Beryl Shabalala, The African Inkspots, Black Broadway Boys

A fantasy tale about a young Zulu who leaves his village to go to the city, falls in love with the new music he hears there, and returns home to form a Zulu jazz band.

The South African production and distribution company African Films followed up the success of Zonk! with Song of Africa. This is a fantasy tale about a young Zulu who leaves his village to go to the city, falls in love with the new music he hears there, and returns home to form a Zulu jazz band – which then goes to the city to compete with other bands, and comes out on top. As in the earlier films, the impact of American jazz and popular music is enormous.

Like African Jim and Zonk!, Song of Africa draws on the best talent from the townships. Director Emil Nofal and director of photography Dave Millin ensure high production values, making it an above-average B-movie.