MAMA ÁFRICA (MARCH4 1932- NOVEMBER 9 2008) BayLeah Stephenson Zenzile Miriam Makeba
Country of Origin. ■ From Johannesburg, South Africa
Malaika ■ Swahili ■ Malaika Translates to Angel ■
Description of the music ■ Malaika is different than any traditional popular music in the U.S. ■ Its sung in Swahili ■ Combines Jazz and traditional African melodies and language ■ It serves a greater meaning than just sound, it sparked an empowerment movement in South Africa ■ I chose this song based on the translation of the words, the empowerment I felt after reading the translation. ■ Although South Africa is a place of oppression for many women Mama Africa wrote music to try and change this series of oppression for her people
Musical Background ■ Musical background and training. ■ She was a self taught ■ She grew up in the area where kwela music, marabi and African jazz and big band music were very popular ■ Influences on her musical career?
- Fall '19