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Miriam Makeba

Born: March 4, 1932 | Died: November 9, 2008    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Miriam Makeba

South African diva Miriam Makeba is well known throughout the world as Mama Africa and the Empress of African Song. She is African music's first and foremost world star. She is a pioneer who played her early songs and blended different styles long before anyone even began to talk about “world music.” Her record production is spread across many companies all over the world - so far and wide that it's difficult to get a panoramic view of it. But no collection of African music should be without one or more of Miriam Makeba's recordings.

Miriam was born in Johannesburg. As a young girl of thirteen, she entered a talent show at a missionary school and walked off with the first prize. She was often invited to sing at weddings, and her popularity grew in leaps and bounds as more and more people became dazzled by her talent. In 1952 she was chosen to sing for The Manhattan Brothers and toured South Africa with them. As early as 1956, she wrote and released the song “Pata Pata.”...
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Albums

Miriam Makeba
1960


The Many Voices Of Miriam Makeba
1960


The World Of Miriam Makeba
1962


Makeba
1963


Makeba Sings
1965


An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba (with Harry Belafonte)
1965


The Click Song
1965


All About Makeba
1966


Malaisha
1966


Miriam Makeba In Concert!
1967


Pata Pata
1967


Makeba!
1968


The Promise
1974


Country Girl
1975


Pata Pata
1977


Sangoma
1988


Welela
1989


Eyes On Tomorrow
1991


Sing Me A Song
1993


A Promise
1994


Live From Paris & Conakry
1998


Homeland
2000


Keep Me In Mind
2002


Live at Berns Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden, 1966
2003
Reflections 2004
Makeba Forever
2006 (last recording)

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