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Miriam Makeba

voc, bvoc, 1932-2008 ZA, Johannesburg
Singer / Songwriter of World
A.k.a. Miriam Zenzi Makeba Mama Afrika

Born March 4th, 1932, in Johannesburg, South Africa died November 10th, 2008, in Castel Volturno, Italy Grammy Award-winning South African singer, also known as Mama Afrika. She sang with The Skylarks (3) and The manhattan brothers, before landing a role in the musical King Kong in 1959. She left for London where she met Harry Belafonte, who invited her to America. Makeba is widely regarded as the first lady of South Africa traditional music. At one time married to Hugh Masekela, she became an international superstar in the USA and the UK, before being able to return to South Africa, once the political situation had improved.

  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • World
  • Folk
  • R&B/Soul
  • Pop
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Pata Pata - Stereo Version on Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba
Quit It on A Promise by Miriam Makeba
Pata Pata on Reflections by Miriam Makeba
For What It's Worth - Remastered on Keep Me In Mind by Miriam Makeba
Pata Pata - Mono Version on Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba
Don't Break My Heart on Zazzarazàz - Uno Spettacolo D'arte Varia by Paolo Conte
The Click Song on The Click Song by Miriam Makeba
Brand New Day - Remastered on Keep Me In Mind by Miriam Makeba
My Angel (Malaika) on An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba by Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba
Chove-Chuva on Makeba Sings! by Miriam Makeba

Track list and 30sec audio provided by

Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Mama Africa: The Early YearsMiriam Makeba2018Compil.
Amazing AfricaMiriam Makeba2016Compil.
Xica Da SilvaJorge Ben / Miriam Makeba2016Single
Original Album ClassicsMiriam Makeba2016Album
Pata Pata - Two Original Albums PlusMiriam Makeba2015Compil.
Mama Africa: Phata Phata... And More Of Her Early ClassicsMiriam Makeba2015Compil.
GoldenMiriam Makeba2015Compil.
The Indispensable 1955-1962Miriam Makeba2015Compil.
UmqokozoMiriam Makeba2014Single
ZenizenaboMiriam Makeba2014Album
Mama AfricaMiriam Makeba2013Compil.
African DawnMiriam Makeba2013Compil.
Under African Skies (Paul Simon's Graceland Journey)Paul Simon * Miriam Makeba * Hugh Masekela * Ladysmith Black Mambazo * Ray Phiri2012Album
Hi-A Ma Pata PataMilk & Sugar Feat. Miriam Makeba & Jungle Brothers2011Album
The UnforgettableMiriam Makeba2011Compil.
The Sweet Sound Of AfricaMiriam Makeba2011Compil.
South Africa's SkylarkMiriam Makeba2010Compil.
The LegendMiriam Makeba2009Compil.
The Best Of Miriam Makeba And The Skylarks 1956-1959 Vol. 1Miriam Makeba2008Compil.
Mama Afrika 1932 - 2008Miriam Makeba2008Compil.
Her Essential Recordings - The Empress Of African SongMiriam Makeba2006Compil.
Live At Bern's Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden, 1966Miriam Makeba2003Album
ReflectionsMiriam Makeba2003Compil.
Miriam Makeba / The World Of Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba2002Compil.
In Concert/Pata Pata/Makeba!Miriam Makeba2002Compil.
The Best Of The Early YearsMiriam Makeba2002Compil.
The Definitive CollectionMiriam Makeba2002Compil.
An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba / The Magic Of MakebaHarry Belafonte / Miriam Makeba2002Compil.
Best Of Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba2001Compil.
The Guinea YearsMiriam Makeba2001Compil.
Sa Chanson "Pata Pata" A Fait Le Tour Du MondeMiriam Makeba2001Compil.
Mama Africa: The Very Best Of Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba2001Compil.
World LegendsMiriam Makeba2000Compil.
Pata Pata 2000Miriam Makeba2000Single
HomelandMiriam Makeba2000Album
Pata PataMiriam Makeba1998Single
Hits & HighlightsMiriam Makeba1996Compil.
Live From Paris & ConakryMiriam Makeba1996Album
Miriam Makeba And The Skylarks BestMiriam Makeba And The Skylarks1996Compil.
The Click SongMiriam Makeba1994Compil.
MalaishaMiriam Makeba1994Compil.
Papa KouyatéPapa Kouyate Artiste Invitée : Miriam Makeba Avec Mariama Kouyaté1993Album
Sing Me A SongMiriam Makeba1993Album
The Best Of Miriam Makeba & The SkylarksMiriam Makeba & The Skylarks1992Compil.
AfricaMiriam Makeba1991Compil.
The Queen Of African MusicMiriam Makeba1991Album
Eyes On TomorrowMiriam Makeba1991Album
The Queen Of African Music Vol.IIMiriam Makeba1991Compil.
Volume 2Miriam Makeba And The Skylarks1991Compil.
Volume 1Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks1991Compil.
Live Au Palais Du Peuple De ConakryMiriam Makeba1990Album
Le monde de Myriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1989Compil.
TogetherHarry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba1989Album
WelelaMiriam Makeba1989Album
Give Me A Reason / AfricaMiriam Makeba1989Single
Pata Pata / AmampondoMiriam Makeba1989Single
Meet Me At The RiverMiriam Makeba1989Album
Welela CD SamplerMiriam Makeba1989Album
Pata Pata (Remix Dance Version '89)Miriam Makeba1989Single
Pata Pata (Remix Dance Version '89)Miriam Makeba1989Single
The Sangoma InterviewMiriam Makeba1988Album
Pata-PataChayanne & Miriam Makeba1988Album
En Public A Paris & ConacryMiriam Makeba1988Album
Pata Pata / CadillacMiriam Makeba / The Renegades1988Single
SangomaMiriam Makeba1988Album
The Queen Of African MusicMiriam Makeba1987Compil.
Myriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1987Compil.
Myriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1987Compil.
Myriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1986Compil.
Songs From AfricaHarry Belafonte And Miriam Makeba1985Album
African ConventionMiriam Makeba1980Album
Yo Cantaré (I Shall Sing)Miriam Makeba1980Single
African ConventionMiriam Makeba1980Single
Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1980Compil.
MalaikaMiriam Makeba1979Album
Comme Une Symphonie D'AmourMiriam Makeba1979Single
SabelaniMiriam Makeba1979Album
OxgamMiriam Makeba1979Single
Country GirlMiriam Makeba1978Album
Enregistrement Public Au Theatre Des Champs ElyseesMiriam Makeba1977Album
Malcom XMiriam Makeba1977Single
You + Me = Love / Pata PataUndisputed Truth / Miriam Makeba1976Single
Hauteng / Talking And DialogingMiriam Makeba1976Single
Samba / MoulouyameMiriam Makeba1975Single
HautengMiriam Makeba1975Single
Myriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1975Album
Les Trois «Z» / I’mm You’mm We’mmMiriam Makeba1975Single
Miriam Makeba Et BongiMiriam Makeba Et Bongi Makeba1975Compil.
Harry Belafonte & Miriam MakebaHarry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba1975Compil.
Malcom X / MalaikaMiriam Makeba1975Single
A Promise / We Got To Make ItMiriam Makeba1975Single
Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1974Compil.
A PromiseMiriam Makeba1974Album
MoôlouyameMiriam Makeba1973Single
Pata Pata / MalayishaMiriam Makeba1973Single
Africa / Mansane CisséMiriam Makeba1973Single
Forbidden GamesMiriam Makeba1973Compil.
Pata Pata / Click Song Nr 1Miriam Makeba1972Single
Dakhla YunikMiriam Makeba1972Single
Toure Barika / MileleMiriam Makeba1972Single
Appel A L'AfriqueMiriam Makeba1971Album
L'Enfant Et La Gazelle / AmanpondoMiriam Makeba1971Single
Keep Me In MindMiriam Makeba1970Album
I Shall SingMiriam Makeba1970Single
Tonados De Media NocheMiriam Makeba1969Single
I Shall Be Released / EmavungwiniMiriam Makeba1969Single
El Barco Del AmorRaphael / Gilbert Bécaud / Miriam Makeba / The Golden Gate Quartet1969Single
I Shall Be ReleasedMiriam Makeba1969Single
The Best Of Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1968Compil.
Miriam Makeba In TokyoMiriam Makeba1968Album
Tonadas De Medianoche / OxgamMiriam Makeba1968Single
Dubula / Romance AnonimoMiriam Makeba1968Single
The Best Of Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1968Compil.
What Is LoveMiriam Makeba1968Single
Le Bateau MiracleGilbert Bécaud / The Golden Gate Quartet / Miriam Makeba / Los Wawanco1968Single
Emavungwini (Down In The Dumps)Miriam Makeba1968Single
Adeus Maria FulôMiriam Makeba1968Single
Mr. Man / A Piece Of GroundMiriam Makeba1968Single
Abatida / Ha Po ZamaniMiriam Makeba1968Single
Makeba!Miriam Makeba1968Album
Foxtail / MalayishaLalo Schifrin / Miriam Makeba1968Single
Malayisha / Click Song #1Miriam Makeba1968Single
Yummy Yummy YummyOhio Express / Tommy James / Miriam Makeba / Joan Manuel Serrat1968Single
Pata PataMiriam Makeba1967Single
Pata PataMiriam Makeba1967Single
Pata Pata / Balada De Jóvenes TristesMiriam Makeba1967Single
In ConcertMiriam Makeba1967Album
MalayishaMiriam Makeba1967Single
Pata Pata / Ha Po ZamaniMiriam Makeba1967Single
Pata PataMiriam Makeba1967Single
Malayisha / Ring Bell, Ring BellMiriam Makeba1967Single
Pata PataMiriam Makeba1967Single
Pata Pata / Maria FuloMiriam Makeba1967Single
Click Song * U ShakaMiriam Makeba1967Single
When I've Passed On / RezaMiriam Makeba1967Single
Pata PataMiriam Makeba1967Single
Click SongMiriam Makeba1967Single
African Convention / Pata PataMiriam Makeba1967Single
Pata PataMiriam Makeba1967Album
All About MiriamMiriam Makeba1966Album
The Magic Of MakebaMiriam Makeba1966Album
The Magnificent Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1966Album
Mommy, Mommy What Is Heaven Like / The Ballad Of The Sad Young MenMiriam Makeba1966Single
The World Of Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1966Compil.
Makeba Sings!Miriam Makeba1965Album
An Evening With Belafonte/MakebaHarry Belafonte / Miriam Makeba1965Album
One More DanceMiriam Makeba1964Single
The Voice Of AfricaMiriam Makeba1964Album
Forbidden GamesMiriam Makeba1964Single
Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1964Single
Dubula / Kwedini / Umhome / AmampondoMiriam Makeba1964Single
AmampondoMiriam Makeba1964Single
Forbidden GamesMiriam Makeba1964Single
The World Of Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1963Album
The World Of Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1963Album
The Click SongMiriam Makeba1963Single
The Many Voices Of Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1962Album
Theme From "Black Orpheus"Miriam Makeba1962Single
New Sounds of AfricaSpokes Mashiyane / Miriam Makeba / Leo De Lyon1962Compil.
Makeba - BelafonteMiriam Makeba - Harry Belafonte1961Single
Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1960Single
Belafonte Returns To Carnegie HallHarry Belafonte With Odetta ~ Miriam Makeba ~ The Chad Mitchell Trio ~ The Belafonte Folk Singers1960Album
New Sounds Of Africa Vol.2Spokes Mashiyane, Miriam Makeba, Leo De Lyon1960Compil.
Belafonte Returns To Carnegie HallHarry Belafonte With Odetta ~ Miriam Makeba ~ The Chad Mitchell Trio ~ The Belafonte Folk Singers1960Single
Myriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1960Album
Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1960Single
Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1960Compil.
The Click Song / MbubeMiriam Makeba1960Single
Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1960Compil.
Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba1960Album
Tremble / Miriam's Goodbye To AfricaThe Skylarks With Miriam Makeba1959Album
Motherless, Fatherless Child / Gossiping ChristiansThe Skylarks With Miriam Makeba1959Album
Pass Office Special / HoeneneMiriam Makeba1957Album
DuzeMiriam Makeba1956Album
Suliram / The Naughty Little FleaMiriam MakebaSingle
Goes InternationalMiriam MakebaCompil.
I Shall Sing / Down On The CornerMiriam MakebaSingle
La Guinée Guiné / You Suffer TooMiriam MakebaSingle
Quite It / MamaMiriam MakebaSingle
Tonadas De Medianoche / AmampondoMiriam MakebaSingle
Pata Pata / Mas Que NadaMiriam MakebaSingle
Little Boy / Pole MzeMiriam MakebaSingle
Pata Pata / The Ballad Of The Sad Young MenMiriam MakebaSingle
Lullaby (Thula Sthandwa Same)Harry Belafonte & Miriam MakebaSingle
Toyota FantaisieMiriam MakebaSingle
Rockin' In RhythmMiriam Makeba, Lemmy "Special" MabasoAlbum
Lovely Lies / KilimanjaroThe Manhattan Brothers And Miriam MakebaAlbum
Click SongMiriam MakebaAlbum
Signs / KilimanjaroFive Man Electrical Band And Miriam MakebaSingle
In ConcertMiriam MakebaSingle
Famous Stars MusicMiriam MakebaCompil.
New Sounds Of Africa Vol. 2Spokes Mashiyane With Miriam Makeba And The SkylarksSingle
Tongue Tie BabyHarry Belafonte, Miriam MakebaSingle
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