“PATA PATA / Miriam Makeba”

Miriam Makeba was born Zensi Miriam Makeba on March 4, 1932, in Prospect Township, near Johannesburg, South Africa, to a Xhosa father and a Swazi mother. Makeba began singing in her school choir as a young girl, and by the mid-1950s, she was landing local gigs as a full-time professional singer. By the end of the decade, she had made a name for herself throughout South Africa.

Continued Commercial Success

In 1959, Makeba’s singing appearance in the documentary film Come Back, Africa attracted the interest of Harry Belafonte. The film tells the story of Zachariah, a black South-African man living under the rule of the nation’s oppressive apartheid government. With Belafonte’s help, Makeba settled in the United States, where she embarked on a successful singing and recording career. In 1960, she was denied re-entry into South Africa, and, subsequently, she lived in exile for three decades.

Makeba’s song “Pata Pata,” originally released in South Africa in the late 1950s but not released in the United States until 1967, is considered by many to be her most popular single. She is also well-known for the songs “The Click Song” and “Malaika,” and for introducing to the West a number of Xhosa, Zulu and Swahil songs.

In 1962, Makeba performed at the birthday celebration of President John F. Kennedy. In 1965, she and Belafonte released the album An Evening with Belafonte & Makeba, which includes two duos by the musicians: “Train Song” and “Cannon.” The album earned Makeba and Belafonte a Grammy Award for best folk recording in 1966.

In the mid-1980s, Makeba met famed American musician Paul Simon. In 1987, she and Simon performed together as part of Simon’s incredibly famous Graceland tour. The tour focused attention on apartheid in Makeba’s homeland, where she would eventually return, encouraged by Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990.

In addition to her music career, Makeba, a black South African, was a prominent civil rights activist, speaking out against apartheid in South Africa.

Final Years

Miriam Makeba continued making music and fighting for causes that she believed in until her death, following a heart attack on November 9, 2008, at the age of 76, in Castel Volturno, Italy.

By the end of her career, Makeba had recorded 30 original albums and 19 compilation albums, and had collaborated with other musicians on several other projects.

Personal Life

In 1964, Makeba married famed trumpeter Hugh Masekela. The couple divorced in 1966, following Makeba’s release of An Evening with Belafonte & Makeba. In 1968, Makeba wed Trinidadian-American civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael. With Carmichael, she relocated to Africa, where the couple settled in Guinea, and later moved to Belgium. Makeba and Carmichael divorced in 1979, after nearly a decade of marriage.

Source: http://www.biography.com

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English translation

Pata Pata

So we grooved and said: “Check it out!”
This is the Pata Pata…
So we grooved and said: “Check it out!”
This is the Pata Pata…
That’s it, lady!
This is the Pata Pata…
That’s it, lady!
This is the Pata Pata…
Pata Pata is the name of the dance
We do down Johannesburg where
And everybody starts to move
As soon as Pata Pata starts to play
That’s it, lady!
This is the Pata Pata…
That’s it, lady!
This is the Pata Pata…
Pata Pata is the name of the dance
We do down Johannesburg where
And everybody starts to move
As soon as Pata Pata starts to play
So we grooved and said: “Check it out!”
This is the Pata Pata…
So we grooved and said: “Check it out!”
This is the Pata Pata…
That’s it, lady!
This is the Pata Pata…
That’s it, lady!
This is the Pata Pata…
Every Friday and Saturday Night
It’s Pata Pata time!
The dance keeps going all night long
Til’ the morning sun begins to shine!
So we grooved and said: “Check it out!”
This is the Pata Pata…
So we grooved and said: “Check it out!”
This is the Pata Pata…
That’s it, lady!
This is the Pata Pata…
That’s it, lady!
This is the Pata Pata…

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5 thoughts on ““PATA PATA / Miriam Makeba”

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