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Jimmie Earl Perry


The Africa Centre’s Director of Educational Theatre and Creative Arts, Professor Jimmie Earl Perry, is a multi-talented singer, dancer and all-round performer who was born in Alabama and grew up and educated in New Jersey and New York where he received classical, theatrical and gospel training.  Prof. Perry is now a proudly South African citizen.

Jimmie is a well-known stage performer and has travelled the world while starring in countless international productions, such as Cats, Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Starlight Expres​s, television, radio and film and recordings .​​​​

Jimmie came to South Africa in 2004 and has since made Stellenbosch his home. Today he uses his talent and experience to make a difference in the battle against HIV and AIDS through the creative arts. He creates productions to educate people of all races, creeds and cultures in the prevention of HIV infection through education, testing and knowing one’s HIV status, as well as managing one’s health. For 8 years he has directed  and produced the Annual World Aids Day Gala Concert in Cape Town as well as creating the South African Artists for Aids Awareness Concert. Both aids awareness events are sought after by a yearly sold out local and international audience. Performances by great names in the entertainment industry, extraordinary musicians all coming together to celebrate unsung heroes in the fight against HIV/AIDS.​​​

In 2006 he released his first South African produced album, Power Of The Dream. The album showcases the vast range of his musical repertoire and includes ballads from well-known artists as well as original compositions. His current album “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” which features the Grammy award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo and many other musician friends has international attention and is currently available online.

Jimmie’s vision is to produce more shows and recordin​gs to spread the message, especially to the youth, that education is the key in lowering HIV infection rates, eradicating stigma, giving compassion and respect to women, men and children, partnering with socially responsible stakeholders and community leaders.

For more information, visit his website.