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Miriam Makeba: The Revolutionary Warrior

Nkiru Nzegwu

Abstract


This is a portrait of the most important female vocalist to emerge from South Africa and fittingly celebrated as a triumphant revolutionary. Hailed as The Empress of African Song and as Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba brought the rhythmic and spiritual sounds of Africa to a global audience in the 1960s. Her wonderful and versatile music is a soulful mix of jazz, blues, and Xhosa and Zulu folk songs shaded with potent political overtones.

Keywords


Miriam Makeba, South Africa, warrior, Apartheid, singer, xhosa, zulu, leader, folk songs, jazz, blues

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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