Africana

Original Broadway Production (1927)

Musical numbers

Original Musical Numbers List


Act One

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  • Black Cargo .... Takiana Four and African Girls
  • Bugle Blues .... Ed Pugh
  • Weary Feet .... Ethel Waters
  • Tap Drill by Aunt Hagar's Children .... Ethel Waters and Girls
  • Step a Second, A .... Mike Riely and Al Wilkins
  • Chinese Revolution, The .... Henry Winifred and Billy Mills
  • Original Black Bottom Dance, The .... Ethel Waters and Girls
  • Judgement Day
  • Eccentric Dance .... Baby and Bobby Goins
  • Minstrel Congress, The
  • Old-Fashioned Cakewalk, The .... Ethel Waters and Entire Company
  • Dance of the Tambourines .... Africana Girls
  • Little Minstrel and Spiritual Harmony, A .... Takiana Four
  • Cakewalk Strut, The .... The Entire Company

Act Two

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  • Mississippi, The
  • Time Ain't Very Long .... Africana Octette
  • Smile .... Ethel Waters
  • Specialty (i) .... Louis Douglas
  • Romantic Interlude, A
  • Clorinda .... Takiana Four, Baby and Bobby Goins and Company
  • Argufyin' .... Billy Mills
  • Harlem Transplanted to Paris
  • Specialty (ii) .... African Jazzers
  • Banana Maidens' à la Josephine Baker .... Margaret Beckett and Ten Little Bananas
  • My Special Friend Is Back in Town
  • Don't Mess Around with My Man
  • Shake That Thing
  • Take Your Black Bottom Out of Here
  • I'm Comin' Virginia
  • You Can't Do What My Last Man Did .... Ethel Waters
  • Eccentric Dance (ii) .... Baby and Bobby Goins
  • Minstrel Congress, The
  • Old-Fashioned Cakewalk, The (Reprise) .... Ethel Waters and Company
  • Dinah .... Ethel Waters
  • Specialty (iii) .... Baby and Bobby Goins
  • Africana Stomp, The .... Ethel Waters, Louis Douglas and Girls
  • Grand Finale .... Entire Company

Additional Musical Numbers Lists

Post-Opening Song List

It is unknown specifically where in the show several of the songs were added. They are sorted by act prior to the finale.


Act One

  • Black Cargo .... Takiana Four and African Girls
  • Bugle Blues .... Ed Pugh
  • Weary Feet .... Ethel Waters
  • Tap Drill by Aunt Hagar's Children .... Ethel Waters and Girls
  • Step a Second, A .... Mike Riely and Al Wilkins
  • Chinese Revolution, The .... Henry Winifred and Billy Mills
  • Original Black Bottom Dance, The .... Ethel Waters and Girls
  • Tap Black Bottom Dance .... Eddie and Sonny
  • Here Comes My Showboat .... Ethel Waters
  • Judgement Day
  • Eccentric Dance .... Baby and Bobby Goins
  • Minstrel Congress, The
  • Old-Fashioned Cakewalk, The .... Ethel Waters and Entire Company
  • Dance of the Tambourines .... Africana Girls
  • Little Minstrel and Spiritual Harmony, A .... Takiana Four
  • Cakewalk Strut, The .... The Entire Company

Act Two

  • Mississippi, The
  • Time Ain't Very Long .... Africana Octette
  • Smile .... Ethel Waters
  • At the Railroad Station .... Glenn and Jenkins
  • Shine 'Em Up .... Snow Fischer, Robichaux, Johnson, Taylor, Johnson
  • Specialty (i) .... Louis Douglas
  • Romantic Interlude, A
  • Clorinda .... Takiana Four, Baby and Bobby Goins and Company
  • Argufyin' .... Billy Mills
  • Harlem Transplanted to Paris
  • Specialty (ii) .... African Jazzers
  • Banana Maidens' à la Josephine Baker .... Margaret Beckett and Ten Little Bananas
  • Songs You Have Home on Your Records .... Ethel Waters
  • My Special Friend Is Back in Town
  • Don't Mess Around with My Man
  • Shake That Thing
  • Take Your Black Bottom Out of Here
  • I'm Comin' Virginia
  • You Can't Do What My Last Man Did .... Ethel Waters
  • Broom Dance .... Glenn and Jenkins
  • Eccentric Dance (ii) .... Baby and Bobby Goins
  • Minstrel Congress, The
  • Old-Fashioned Cakewalk, The (Reprise) .... Ethel Waters and Company
  • Dinah .... Ethel Waters
  • Specialty (iii) .... Baby and Bobby Goins
  • Africana Stomp, The .... Ethel Waters, Louis Douglas and Girls
  • Chloe
  • Grand Finale .... Entire Company


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