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Unformatted text preview: riam Makeba • - started out as a nanny, began a group with friends, the Skylarks • - not Zulu, of next larger tribe - Xhosa • • “Ekoneni” (Gibson Kente) Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks, Spokes Mashiyane (pennywhistle), The Best of Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks, recorded c. March 1959 [Kaz CD 26, 1992] o Miriam Makeba, South Africa’s most prominent musician- in- exile, began in a female vocal group called “The Skylarks.” o This recording was made at the time Makeba shot to international stardom in Todd Matshikiza’s jazz opera King Kong, only months before she slipped away into exile during the film version’s premier in Venice in August 1959. o The Skylarks often performed with Spokes Mashiyane, a pennywhistle virtuoso heard to great...
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