Mama Afrika

Posted by Karen in Politics.
Monday, November 10th, 2008 at 10:09 am


My brother Steve introduced me to the music of Miriam Makeba when I was in high school.  I enjoyed it for a long time before I learned what an important role she and her music had in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. She was one of the many musicians who made me realize what a powerful force music can be beyond just helping you get through teenage angst, or celebrate being in love, or get over a break-up.  How music can provide a sense of hope, inspire people toward action, and build a sense of community among those who are fighting for justice – how it can affect real change.

Miriam Makeba died today at the age of 76, hours after performing at an anti-mafia concert in Italy. She was doing what she did best to fight for freedom up until the very end, what an amazing life. 








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4 Responses to “Mama Afrika”

  1. steve Says:

    I agree – an amazing, powerful and influential woman – and some good music, too. I hadn’t heard about her death, yet – maybe in tomorrow’s papers. Wish I could watch the clips, but connection’s too slow.

  2. Laurel Says:

    I was listening to her music and interviews on NPR today, what an amazing lady. Thanks for posting this!

  3. troy Says:

    Wow, she’s pretty inspirational

  4. Marianne Says:

    I also have been hearing a lot about her this week on the radio, since her death. She seems like an amazing woman.