REMEMBERING MAMA AFRICA


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    Written by: Meshack Masibo

    Music is the language of the soul, the symphony that transcends human thoughts. Nothing can embody the spirit of Pan Africanism in such an influential way as indigenously African music. Every civilization has it’s own unique literary system that helps it grow. For example Hollywood and Beyonce have done more to cement America’s cultural influence as a super power than all their warships and federal reserves put together.
    One of the key pillars of creating a united African republic is the principle of cultural preservation and effusion. One of the basic means is African music. When African music is loved and appreciated around the globe, it positively influences the African economy both consciously by more album sales and growth of the music industry but also subconsciously by making the African culture more appealing. Perhaps no country gives better testimony to this than South Africa and how much it has culturally benefited from Miriam Makeba’s music. Miriam Makeba was a celebrated South African singer and prominent civil rights activist. During a long and remarkable career, she not only brought African music to Western ears, but was also a vociferous opponent of South Africa’s apartheid regime.
    Zensi Miriam Makeba was born in a township suburb of Johannesburg in 1932. When she was just eighteen days old, her mother was arrested for the selling of homebrewed beer and she spent the first six months of her life in a prison. Further hardship befell the family with the premature death of Miriam’s father when she was still a child. At the age of eighteen, whilst in a short-lived marriage to an abusive husband, Miriam gave birth……Subscribe to Readmore………

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