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Marah Louw is a South African singer and actress who began singing at the age of 10 with the choir Imilonji Kantu. In 1973 she joined Caiphus Semenya’s musical, Meropa and toured Japan, Hong Kong, The Philippines, South Africa and London and sang for the Queen at a Royal Command Performance in 1975. On her return to South Africa, Marah’s solo career took her to Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia. Marah has toured Scotland, England, Wales, Switzerland, France, Egypt and Denmark, where she performed for the Queen in 1995 and the Prime Minister in 1998.
Preferred artist that she was, Marah performed in the Mandela Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium, she sang at the Newsmaker of the Year Awards for Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and in honour of the late Chris Hani. She appeared with Nelson Mandela during his visit to Glasgow in 1993 and sang at George Square and The Royal Concert Hall. In 1994 she sang at the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela and for the Freedom Day Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
She remains a popular choice for corporate events and special dinner functions with a band or backing tracks. Her repertoire includes ‘Lady is a Tramp’, ‘Wimawe’, ‘the Click song’, ‘Patta Patta’, ‘New York, New York’, ‘Wind Beneath my Wings’, ‘When a Child is Born’ and other well-known favourites.
Locally Marah had a lead role on the SABC2 television soap opera Muvhango and has acted in numerous musicals, stage plays and feature films.
It’s Me Marah, is a glimpse into a career spanning over 40 years. Marah allows the reader into her life – the glitz and glamour as well as the pain and hardship. She also reveals a family secret that robbed of her peace and whose truth set her on a path to self-discovery.