Miriam Makeba: Mika Kaurismaki’s Docu of Legendary African Performer

Miriam Makeba was one of the first African musicians who won international stardom and whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots.

Miriam Makeba was forced into exile in 1959.

She sang for John F. Kennedy, performed with Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone, was married to Hugh Masekela and also Stokely Carmichael.

Her life was tumultuous. She always stood for truth and justice. She fought for the oppressed most importantly for black Africans, as a campaigner against apartheid. She died November 2008 after a concert in Italy.

Mika Kaurismaki’s docu traces fifty years of her music and her performing life through rare archive footage of her performances and interviews with her contemporaries.

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