Washington awaits Mama Africa


Miriam Makeba

Africa’s Lady of Songs, Miriam Makeba, will come to life at the George Washington University’s Marvin Center on Friday, 18 Aug. at 6.30pm in a 90 minute documentary directed by Mika Kaurismäki.

The screening of “Mama Africa” is one of the major events at the three-day 2017 African Diaspora International Film Festival in Washington D.C. as the organizers “celebrate 11 years of eclectic, revealing cinema.”

In a review of the biopic after it was screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the writer said:  “The story of Mama Africa was moving, emotional, inspirational and left me wanting to learn more about [Miriam Makeba] and her music.”

Zenzile Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, actor, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropopjazz, and world music, she was known for her advocacy against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa.

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