UK & IRE - WATCH NOW
MAMA AFRICA is the biography of Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. Miriam Makeba was the first African musician to become a true international star. Her music influenced artists across the globe but always remained true to her South African roots with its message against racism and poverty. Miriam Makeba was forced into a life in exile, after staring in the 1959 documentary film “COME BACK AFRICA” which exposed the harsh realities of apartheid. She sang for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie, was married to Hugh Masekela and also the radical Black Panther, Stokely Carmichael. Her life was tumultuous but always fascinating. She stood for truth and justice, fought for the oppressed and campaigned tirelessly against apartheid. She died collapsing after leaving the stage at a concert in the Southern Italian town of Castel Volturno in November 2008. Makeba was 76 years old.