Tsidii Le Loka
excerpt from wikipedia

Tsidii Le Loka (Lesotho, April 3) is an actress, vocalist and composer originally from South Africa and The Kingdom of Lesotho. She is best known for originating the role of Rafiki in the original Broadway production of Disney's stage musical, The Lion King. In 1997, Tsidii originated the role of Rafiki in the first Broadway cast of The Lion King, produced by Disney and directed by Julie Taymor. much more on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsidii_Le_Loka

...at the age of 18, she came from South Africa. Her concert career performances, festivals, international tours and recordings include a roster of world-class stars such as Sting, Elton John, Madonna, Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba, Dionne Warwick, Youssou N'Dour, Roberta Flack, Max Roach and especially Ladysmith Black Mambazo. and performed in "Riverdance" among too many other things to mention

this is a private link to an unedited raw excerpt of a conversation between tsidii and myself and another filmmaker friend, Milena Kaneva, that was shot 8+years ago - she also talks about the back story of her role in auditioning and helping create rifiki in the lion king and julie taymor

NOTE: IF VIDEO DOESN't Load up please reload page - this is a playlist of 4 videos that will play one after the other 
VIDEO: Tsidii In conversation by geo geller VIDEO: Tsidii In Concert VIDEO: Tsidii sings "One Love" with Gypsy Kings & Ziggy Marley VIDEO: Tsidii sings "Imagine" VIDEO: "Mo Clicks" VIDEO: Tsidii at Radio City Music Hall VIDEO: Tsidii Biography