04 March 2015

Daily Spin: It's Miriam Makeba's birthday!

What could I possibly say about the late great South African singer Miriam Makeba that hasn't been said? I saw her perform only once, at the now-defunct Seattle WOMAD festival. She was an elder then, but could still throw down. I just ran across this video of her performing "Click Song (Qongqothwane)" in Kinshasha 1974 -- delightful both for the performance and for her amazing hairstyle. Happy birthday, Mama Africa!

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