Miriam Makeba

Zenzile Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa.
Born in Johannesburg to Swazi and Xhosa parents, Makeba was forced to find employment as a child after the death of her father. She had a brief and allegedly abusive first marriage at the age of 17, gave birth to her only child in 1950, and survived breast cancer. Her vocal talent had been recognized when she was a child, and she began singing professionally in the 1950s, with the Cuban Brothers, the Manhattan Brothers, and an all-woman group, the Skylarks, performing a mixture of jazz, traditional African melodies, and Western popular music. In 1959, Makeba had a brief role in the anti-apartheid film Come Back, Africa, which brought her international attention, and led to her performing in Venice, London, and New York City. In London, she met the American singer Harry Belafonte, who became a mentor and colleague.

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My Angel (Malaika)An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba3:15
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Train Song (Mbombela)An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba3:11
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Silent NightBest Mixtape Ever: Merry Christmas Everybody3:46
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HolililiMiriam Makeba & Friends - The Sound of Africa2:34
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Sindiza NgecadillacsThe Planet's Greatest African Music, Vol. 3: African Dawn2:25
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Baby Ntsoare (feat. The Manhattan Brothers)Miriam Makeba & Friends - The Sound of Africa3:02
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Mobutu Praise SongZaire 74: The African Artists3:11
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Maobe GuinéeThe Guinea Years2:41
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Ndidliwe zintabaGolden voices of Africa2:31
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Let's PretendForbidden Games2:39
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