Sophiatown is a suburb of Johannesburg (South Africa). Originally called Sophiatown, it was destroyed, and a white suburb called Triomf (Triumph) was established in its place by the apartheid government.
Sophiatown became the symbolic place of black culture around JHB in the 40s on into the 50's. Like Harlem in New York City. Sophiatown was well-known as an energetic, vibrant, arty, multicultural place where some of the country's most famous artists and musicians were established.