Today, 4 March, is the birthday of the unforgettable Miriam Makeba. To honour her memory I am posting a selection of my favourite songs by seven sensational South African singers who, like Makeba, embody/embodied the spirit of feminist pan-Africa and the African femme fatale. Pata Pata!
Busi Mhlongo “Umoya ma-Afrika”
Brenda Fassie – “Vuli Ndlela”
Lebo Mathosa – “Awudede/2 Dangerous”
Simphiwe Dana “Bantu Biko Street”
Thandiswa Mazwai “Nizalwa Ngobani”
Dolly Rathebe in “African Jim” (the first African full length feature film)
And… [insert drum roll]… Queen Mother Makeba herself singing a strong, sultry and sensual samba, “Chove Chuva”, at Berns in Stockholm. This is GOLDEN.
If you want to listen uninterrupted, here’s a playlist with the seven songs.—