Miriam Makeba

A very important part of my childhood was the music which used to be played almost constantly, or so it seemed, on the record player in my parent’s house. What my parents lacked as responsible adults with children in their care, at the very least they partially compensated, albeit unwittingly, providing an education in music which drew from a highly eclectic collection of records.

Miriam Makeba became a sensation because of her opposition to apartheid in her native South Africa, and was banished. Living in exile for several decades she gave concerts internationally and cut a large number of records, most of which my parents bought, and appeared on television. Her voice seemed to me to be the voice of Africa, and I was fascinated, and still am, by the clicking sound made in her language, which is clearly heard in the following clips.

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