Umshado tells the story of a young man's journey from his roots in the kraal of Moruleng to Shantytown of Mamelodi in Pretoria. The show opens during ceremonial preparation for his entrance into manhood and it captures this initiation rite of passage for a Tswana boy. The story continues from his initiation to love and marriage. Confronted by the traditional practices, as many before him, he migrates to Urban city to find job. Arriving in Pretoria he becomes a bricklayer. Here for the first time he makes contact with people of other races, cultures, traditions and languages. He is amazed by the ability of these peoples from various cultures to work productively together. He learns about their music and enjoys a repertoire of performance styles that carried strong and rich traditional melodies. He eventually falls in love with a domestic worker originating from Zululand. After experiencing a church wedding, he decides to remain true to tradition. The musical follows his cultural journey.