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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

South Africa's Skylark
South Africa's Skylark
Nascente
2010
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The Definitive Collection
The Definitive...
Wrasse Records
2002
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Mama Africa: The Very...
RCA Victor
2000
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[no cover]
The Click Song
RCA Victor
1994
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[no cover]
Welela
RCA Victor
1989
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[no cover]
Welela CD Sampler
RCA Victor
1989
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