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Miriam Makeba: The Revolutionary Warrior

Nkiru Nzegwu


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.


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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