Miriam Makeba is one of the women I’ve illustrated as part of my portrait series of iconic women. Often, when I’m exhibiting at fairs, people don’t who she is so, I thought I’d share some info.
Zenzile Miriam Makeba.
Johannesburg, 4th March 1932.
Singer and civil rights activist.
Early facts I didn’t know until writing this:
Makeba spent her first six months of life in jail – her mother was sentenced for selling a homemade beer, umqombothi (remember the Yvonne Chaka Chaka song?).
She gave birth to her only child, Bongi at 18 and soon after was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Popularised African music around the world, in the 1960s; Grammy Award winner; Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Prize winner and more.
Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Hugh Masekela and more.