Monday, March 4, 2013

Eight Songs Performed By Miriam Makeba

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases eight songs that are performed by South African vocalist Miriam Makeba. Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist.

Information about Miriam Makeba & information about some of these featured songs are presented in some of the video/sound files and some of the uploader summaries & hyperlinks found in this post.

The content of this post is presented for historical, entertainment, inspirational, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Example #1 Miriam Makeba - Mama Afrika

transformed122, Uploaded on Mar 2, 2009
Enjoy ~

Example #2: Miriam Makeba "The Click Song/Qongqothwane" w/Lyrics

GingerSpice414, Published on Mar 4, 2012

Celebrate Miriam Makeba nicknamed Mama Africa. Here she sings a Xhosa Wedding Song: Qongqothwane aka The Click Song. Miriam was a Grammy Award winning South African Singer and Civil Rights Activist. She was born on March 4, 1932. She was held in exile for 30 years and not allowed to return home for speaking out and fighting for justice in South Africa. Her passport was cancelled and her music was banned from being played or bought in her own country. She continued to sing songs of hope speak out and struggled to help put a new face of order in South Africa and racial injustice all over the world. She was born March 4, 1932 and while performing in Italy she collapsed and died on November 10, 2008.
Click to read this video uploader's English translation of & explanation about the Xhosa words for this song.

Example #3: Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata (Live 1967)

Miriam Makeba Official Channel, Published on Mar 17, 2015
"Pata Pata" is a song by South African singer Miriam Makeba. The song was written by fellow southern Afr artist Dorothy Masuka and first released by Makeba in 1957 when she still lived in South Africa.[1][2] The song was released in the United States in 1967 for her studio album of the same name.[2] It was successful on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at #12.[3]
The song is considered by many to be Makeba's signature hit and the song has since been covered by many artists. Originally written and sung in the Xhosa language, the song's title means "touch touch" in English.[2]"

Example #4: Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa) - Khawuleza 1966

Smallstillvoice, Uploaded on Apr 1, 2007

Recorded live at Berns Salonger in Stockholm on February 3, 1966

Example #5: Miriam Makeba 'Oxgam/Baxabene Oxamu' w/Xhosa lyrics

GingerSpice414, Published on Apr 5, 2012
Miriam Makeba sings "Baxabene Oxamu" aka Oxgam (LIVE) w/Xhosa lyrics
Here's a comment from the uploader of this video

GingerSpice414, February 2013
"It's about to groups fighting and a witch doctor who is putting a spell on them. I will get it word for word very soon."

Example #6: jolinkomo -Miriam Makeba ( live in paris )

chester555, Uploaded on Sep 15, 2011

Example #7: miriam makeba, Zimbabwe concert (paul simon - graceland land

Benny Bruch, Uploaded on Jan 14, 2008

miriam makeba, Graceland live concert in Zimbabwe, with Paul Simon
Here's a comment from a commenter to this video's viewer comment thread
Björn Beck, 2010
The song is "Jikela emaweni"

Example #8: Miriam Makeba - Ibhabhalazi 2006

Embedding disabled upon request.
On March 4, 2013 Google honored Miriam Makeba with a doodle on its homepage in celebration of her 81st birthday. The outfit that was shown in that doodle-with the exception of the South African crown hat-was probably taken from this performance.

Thanks to Miriam Makeba for her musical legacy. My thanks to the other vocalists & the musicians who performed on this featured song. Thanks also to those who added information about Miriam Makeba which is quoted in this post. And thank you to the uploaders of these videos & sound file.

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