Miriam Makeba: Family Remembers The Legendary Mama Africa


The family of late music icon Miriam Makeba is planning something big to celebrate the legacy and birthday of the legend.

This memorable moment will take place tonight via a jazz concert put together by her grandchildren. Makeba’s granddaughter Zenzi Makeba-Lee joined forces with her brother Lumumba Lee and her sons Lindelani Lee and Kwame Mkhize to celebrate the legendary singer’s musical legacy at the Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein. If she had not died in November 2008, Makeba would have turned 85 on Saturday, March 4.

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Zenzile Miriam Makeba who was fondly called Mama Africa will be honoured with performances by other musicians as well as vocalist and trombonist Siya Makuzeni.


In addition to performing Makeba’s songs at the event, other great musicians like Dorothy Masuka, Abigail Kubeka and Dolly Rathebe will also be honoured. Makeba-Lee said the performance was important to keep her grandmother’s legacy and that of her counterparts alive. She said they will perform songs from the four legendary musicians and their own compositions.

“My grandmother was a great singer and I know if she was still alive she would have celebrated her special day with her friends, that is why the musical performance will celebrate the music of all these women.

“She was an artist, a mother, a grandmother, an activist, a philanthropist, a goodwill ambassador, a humanitarian and a contributor to social and cultural development worldwide.

“Protecting her legacy is protecting the history of South Africa and Africa in the world, in the field of music and beyond, as well as the example she gave of commitment to the most vulnerable among us,” she said.

Miriam Makeba was a South African singer, actor, UN goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Though she’s no more, her name will forever be remembered for her remarkbale contribution to entertainment and other aspects of life.