Born in Johannesburg in 1932, Miriam Makeba was a deeply influential vocalist and civil rights activist. Known as ‘Mama Africa’, the Grammy Award winner was a pioneer in popularising African music around the world.
Across her forty-year career she collaborated with artists including Nina Simone, Hugh Masekela, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon and Harry Belfonte, producing a body of work that spanned jazz, soul, folk, rhythm and blues and African traditional. After testifying against the South African apartheid before the United Nations her South African citizenship and right to return home were revoked. As a woman with no country, Guinea, Belgium and Ghana came to Miriam Makeba’s aid issuing her international passports and she became an honorary citizen in ten countries, making her a musician and citizen of the world.
For this specially commissioned one-off show, three of Melbourne’s finest vocalists explore and reinterpret the musical work and influence of this extraordinary musician. Backed by a six-piece band made up of members of Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Royal Swazi Spa, this is a show not to be missed.
South-African born Award Winning Music theatre darling and jazz chanteuse.
Famed cabaret star known for her moving portrayal of Nina Simone.
Melbourne’s newest soul diva recently treaded the boards in musicals Dreamgirls and The Color Purple.