MARIAM MAKEBA SOUTH AFRICAN AMBASSADOR TO THE WORLD
Miriam Makeba latest performance
South African legend Miriam Makeba dies - 10 Nov 2008
Miriam Makeba, or 'Mama Africa', the South African singer who wooed the world with her sultry voice, has died at the age of 76, leaving a great legacy behind.
Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932.
Her mother was a Swazi sangoma (traditional healer-herbalist).
Her father, who died when she was six years old, was a Xhosa.
When she was eighteen days old, her mother was arrested for selling umqombothi, an African homemade beer distilled from malt and cornmeal. Her mother was sentenced to a six-month prison term, so Miriam spent her first six months of life in jail.
As a child, she sang in the choir of the Kilmerton Training Institute' in Pretoria, a primary school that she attended for eight years.
Her professional career began in the 1950s when she was featured in the South African jazz group the Manhattan Brothers, and appeared for the first time on a poster.
She left the Manhattan Brothers to record with her all-woman group,
The Skylarks, singing a blend of jazz and traditional melodies of South Africa.
As early as 1956, she released the single for "Pata Pata".
The single was played on all the radio stations and made her known throughout all of South Africa.
Though she was a successful recording artist, she was only receiving a few dollars for each recording session and no provisional royalties and was keen to leave home
Benard Konami The year 2020 and still I just can't get enough of this song...Malaika, mali tu ndio sinaMuctarr Williams Bless you, Mariam, you were indeed a wonderful inspiration to the African Musical Culture. May the Angels sing with you in Heaven in praise of the Almighty. In Jesus' name.
Dorgo Dorgo I love this woman and the way she passed the freedom song. may she rest in Peace
Aramis A Luta continua it's a Portuguese slang used till today in Portugal after the fall of fascism in 74. Because in that time we had a try to implant again the fascism and other communists lol.
I compiled this audiovisual tribute to former President Nelson Mandela based on a song by that other great icon of South Africa, the late Miriam Makeba.
SLS Channel A legend, great woman, we thank God you were here on earth... RIP Mama Africa K0ljaW0dann WOW when Miriam Makeba comes in at 0:26 my heart melted
Thabo mhlanga This is what I call being truly African. Come on this is The African Queen...Our Mother...
As a guest on the Cosby Show, the great South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, gives a humorous introduction to the clicks that are an integral element of the Xhosa language. In posting this, I hope you will hear and understand the beauty and sound of another language that you have likely never heard, and perhaps more deeply, of another culture. I also hope to honor her for what would have been her 81st birthday yesterday. Here is a great example of her special art: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4LAIR... performing the song Amampondo.
As a linguist and a language teacher, I often find it interesting to introduce this song to my students. However, for some reason, the volume of the original video available on YouTube is too low, and I found it rather difficult to play it in class and let the students hear what Miriam Makeba has to say about her language.
Jerome Jacobs The way she appreciated music from all over the world.
René Gutiérrez Bustos Beautiful... I start recently hear Miriam I was surprised :)
Lawrence Attach Magnificent, Timeless & Priceless
Rosalia Nova Loja Quem no Brasil está assistindo?
A new low in Africa, in 1958 that no African can perform singing in the public.
Alexia Gardner, I have just come back from the cinema where there is now Miriam Makeba - Mama Africa, the documentary shows. I learned so much about this phenomenal woman. The movie is a journey of powerful and joyous music that explores the plight of her people. As a black artist freely traveling the world and singing my songs in freedom I feel utterly humbled and proud of this African woman who paved the way for me and fellow artists worldwide!