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Directed by Mika Kaurismäki

Germany, South Africa, Finland 2011 90 mins. In English, French

Miriam Makeba’s (1932–2008) music was anchored in her traditional South African roots. With her unique blend of Afro-pop, world music, and jazz, she was among the first African musicians to win international stardom, travelling the world to spread her political message to fight racism and poverty and promote justice and peace. Through rare footage of her electric performances and the reflections of friends—including Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Angélique Kidjo, and husbands Stokely Carmichael and Hugh Masekela—a portrait emerges of a woman equally committed to political activism, music, and a proud African heritage.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 35



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