MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA - Women's Herstory Month



Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Tue, Mar 20, 2018 7:30 PM


Women's Herstory Month


Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm | Members $11 | Public $16

Hosted by Georgette Grier-Key, History and Political Science
Professor at Nassau Community College

Sponsored by Stu & Ginger Polisner

Miriam Makeba was the first African musician to become a true international star. Her music – which influenced artists across the globe – always remained anchored in her traditional South African roots and conveyed strong messages against racism and poverty.

Miriam Makeba was the first African musician to win international stardom, one whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots, as was a ceaseless message against racism and poverty. Makeba was forced into a life in exile after exposing the harsh realities of apartheid. Singing for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performing with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie, being married to Hugh Masekela and then Stokely Carmichael, her life was a tumultuous one in which she always stood for truth and justice on behalf of oppressed people, most importantly for Africans. She tragically died after collapsing at a concert in November 2008 in Italy at the age of 76. This documentary traces her life and music through more than 50 years of performing (Finland/France/Germany/South Africa, 2011, 90 min., NR, English & French | Dir. Mika Kaurismaki)

Produced by Cindy Campbell.