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Miriam Makeba

In and Out of Africa

George Heymont | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Ironically, two films recently screened in San Francisco offer such radically different perspectives on Africa that their juxtaposition is worth noting. One was decidedly old school; the other a fascinating documentary about one of Africa's most controversial musicians.

Stokely: A Life

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.05.2014 | Black Voices
Arlene M. Roberts

The material is structured, well edited and devoid of academic jargon. Yet, it took me almost four days to read the book.

Mundial Montréal #3: (Part Un) 'World Music Affaires!'

Marlon Regis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

Without a chance to brush up on my poor speaking or understanding of French, I was whisked away from LA to Montréal, Canada after an invite came into my inbox to attend the 3rd annual world music conference/festival Mundial Montréal.

Sweet Honey In the Rock Is Ready to Rock NYC

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.06.2013 | Entertainment
Margie Goldsmith

It's been 39 years since this all female African-American a cappella group was formed and for four decades the group has been singing out for justice, truth and entertaining, educating and empowering audiences.

Singer Honored With Google Doodle

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Technology

On March 4, Google celebrated singer and activist Miriam Makeba's 81st birthday with a Google Doodle. Makeba was born in South Africa in 1932 and ...

Black Girl Crush Series, Part 4: Shala Monroque

Marjon Rebecca Carlos | Posted 11.24.2012 | Black Voices
Marjon Rebecca Carlos

Declared the "muse of a generation" in 2011 by New York Magazine and the moment's "It Girl" by Town & Country, the St. Lucian editor and writer has dazzled the international art and fashion crowds with a signature flare and statement-making approach to dress.

Sit Back For A Soulful Evening

fea | Posted 03.23.2012 | Detroit

With Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin's birthday coming up this Sunday, the time is ripe to honor standout African-American women vocalists from the last...

S. African Musician Goes Back To School At 60

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 04.17.2012 | Arts

JOHANNESBURG — The 60-year-old beloved South African musician shows up five days a week to sit behind a scarred desk in a bare-bones classroom, ...

Looking for Bob Marley and Fela Kuti

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Music as a Weapon of Protest It is said that "music is a universal language." Using a few notes and inspiring lyrics, musicians and song writers have...

Dog Ears Music: Volume Thirty-Three

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

Benji Hughes hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. His debut is a well-crafted 25-song extravaganza, A Love Extreme, recorded in L.A.'s boho enclave Silverlake.

Moments with Odetta: Inspirational Singer, Beautiful Woman

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lea Lane

Odetta Holmes sang at the 1963 March on Washington, and it was reported that she wanted to sing at Obama's inauguration. But she didn't quite make it; she died on Tuesday, at age 77.

South African Music Legend Miriam Makeba Collapses Onstage, Dies

AP | CELEAN JACOBSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — She died just how she wanted to _ singing on stage for a good cause. And her recorded songs wafted out of taxis and...