Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba, A Revolutionary Musician

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Picture of Miriam Makeba

She was affectionately known as Mama Africa: her real name was Miriam Makeba. She was a South African musician. She was a revolutionary. And with music as her weapon of choice, she bravely fought against Apartheid, bringing the plight of millions of black South Africans to the collective consciousness of the world.

This poignant quote of hers encapsulates Miriam Makeba:

I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.

The picture she painted comparing herself to an ant is very apt. She was a young, charismatic, vivacious and beautiful black woman who appeared  fragile, but beneath her vulnerable exterior, she was extremely resilient.

She had to be to bear the burden of white racism and apartheid that from her birth…

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4 thoughts on “Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba, A Revolutionary Musician

    john flanagan said:
    November 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    The Great Woman

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    philipparees said:
    November 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Brought it all back. Hugh Masakela came to my 18th birthday party, and played trumpet in our garden, and Miriam appeared in the phenomenal production of King Kong at Witz which is not mentioned in this biography. That was another world of fist shaking courage, the early waves before Mandela gathered them together. Her great success after leaving SA ( and meeting Belafonte) was after she and Masakela ( and Dollar Brand) had shown the power of African music and what it was capable of, and what doors it would smash down. King Kong played to capacity audiences of mixed race before Witz was covered in a shroud. Heady days!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Heady days indeed Philippa! I think it’s so wonderful that the great ones, and the fighters be remembered this way. I checked out the link below first – awesome stuff, and original artist too. I’ve never seen it before.

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    philipparees said:
    November 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Here is a link to listen to King Kong! http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info/CDZAC51R

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