A TRIBUTE TO MIRIAM MAKEBA
4 March 1932 - 10 November 2008
Her voice stirred hopes of freedom among millions in her country with music that was banned by the apartheid authorities she struggled against. "I am not a political singer," she said. "I dont know what the word means. People think I consciously decided to tell the world what was happening in South Africa. No! I was singing about my life, and in South Africa we always sang about what was happening to us — especially the things that hurt us."
Miriam Makeba Interview -
1966. Taken from Live at Bern's Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden, Februaary 3rd, 1966
In February 1966 Miriam
Makeba performed at the Bern's Salonger in Stockholm, Sweden.
This concert was shown on Swedish television in 1967. Here she sings The Click Song.
"Malaika" performed by Miriam
Makeba and Harry Belafonte
Malaika , Swahili for
"Angel", was popularized by Harry Belafonte & Makeba in the album "An evening
with Harry Belafonte" - 1965 .
The performance here by Makeba comes from the album, "Live from Paris and Conakry" (l996)
Swahili lyrics are included along with an English translation.
Click here to listen to this beautiful song on YouTube.
Miriam Makeba introduces her
daughter Bongi who performs "Ngoma Nkurila"
during a live concert in the Dutch TV studios in Hilversum, in september 1979.
Bongi sadly passed away in 1985.
Click here to watch on YouTube
Under African Skies with
Afrika with Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba AKA. Mama
Africa in one of her last concerts (August) at Oslo mela 2008. Norway.