Miriam Makeba

Reflections

2004-07-12

The life of South African vocalist Miriam Makeba has been one of struggle.

Makeba was thrown in jail before turning one year old, living for six months with her mother in a Johannesburg prison. During her early recording career, she remained a visible and outspoken opponent of apartheid and was subsequently sent into exile, having her South African citizenship revoked for thirty years.

During that time, she carried her message of hope to the world, touring and recording internationally with Paul Simon, Harry Belafonte, Odetta, Nina Simone and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Following apartheid’s collapse in 1990, Miriam Makeba reclaimed her throne as the Empress of African Song. She returns now with Reflections, new on the Heads Up record label.

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #World

  • reviewed 02/2011

    CHICKENFAT KLEZMER ORCHESTRA
    The Space Sessions

  • reviewed 06/2010

    SERGIO MENDES
    BOM TEMPO

  • reviewed 08/2009

    HUUN HUUR TU AND CARMEN RIZZO
    Eternal

  • reviewed 01/2007

    JOHANNES WELCH, DAVID HESS AND PAUL HINGER
    Stunderthorm

  • reviewed 06/2006

    BANCO DE GAIA
    Farewell Ferengistan

  • reviewed 05/2006

    Various Artists
    Congotronics 2 – Buzz ‘N’ Rumble From the Urb ‘N’ Jungle

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.