Marah Louw

AboutMarah Louw

Soweto born musical sensation Marah Teboho Louw is one of South Africa’s most respected entertainment industry icons. She received a Life Time Achievement Award 2010 from the National Department Of Arts and Culture (DAC) and Legend of the Decade Award from the South African Concert Promoters Association (SAMPRA). As a singer in the Zulu version of the award-winning Disney film The Lion King, celebrity judge on the SA Idols talent search, and leading actress on the Venda/Sotho television series Muvhango – Marah Louw has had an awe-inspiring impact.


A social activist, Marah is the co-founder of the Soweto based children’s centre Golden Ark. In recognition of her talent and contribution to society’s national brand Ludwig’s Roses dedicated a peach/apricot hybrid to her – The Marah Louw Rose.


Louw started singing at the age of 10 at the Methodist Church Choir, then with the Wilba Music Choir under the baton of Wilby Baqwa, and has since developed an impressive record of awards and performances. She gained broader professional recognition in the 70s, touring to Japan, Hong Kong, The Philippines and London with the traditional musical Meropa, starred in countless theatre productions, including adaptations of International classics Showboat, Fame, The Crucible and Barnum and South African historical masterpieces, African Odyssey, Baby Come Duze and Nkosi The Healing Song, Musical Fame, Hairspray Musical amongst many others. She has performed for global leaders, presidents and high profile audiences worldwide in an illustrious career spanning over 50 years.