Ask the Rising Sun

Miriam Makeba born Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) was well-known for the first from Africa to popularize African music worldwide. Miriam Makeba also known as Mama Africa was a South-African singer and a Civil Rights Activist. Makeba spoke out on the Apartheid in South Africa by appearing in Lionel Rogosin’s documentary “Come Back, Africa” about the oppressed South Africans who suffered as result of the Apartheid system, a racial separation in South Africa. Makeba was later left in exile because she could not return to her country. Makeba was a woman without a country for 10 years, became a citizen of the world. Makeba held nine passports and was granted citizenship in ten countries. Makeba musical style came with a mixture of jazz, R&B, folk, Afro-soul, Marabi, pop, and world music.  Makeba first recorded “Pata Pata” in 1957 but was released in the United States until 1967 under the recording label LP Reprise.

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The first song I’ve ever danced to by Makeba was “Djiu De Galinha.” It was a different sound apart from the rest of her songs because it sounded more like a Latin song. Miriam Mabeka might not have been so famous in the U.S but she was definitely one of South Africa’s true legends. Mabeka covered “The House of the Rising Sun” written by Traditional, was another replica of the Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald’s smoky tones and delicate phrasing. The song was recorded by many singers, especially by the group called ‘The Animals’ version that became well-known.

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“Ask the Rising Sun”

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“Chicken”

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The “Click Song”

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Makeba other songs such as “Kadeya Deya” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykxrglIVl2E

“Malaika” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vQgB6wLksY

“Emabhaceni” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zylr1hwPpsE

And “I’mm You’mm We’mm” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH-I18PYPrI all carried a distinct African cultural sound that paved the way for many other African singers.

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