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.—
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Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.