BHS: Mama Africa

Black History Studies presents the story of Miriam Makeba, "a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa as no other."

Showing Times

Wed 30 Oct 18:30

Mama Africa is the biopic of South African singer Miriam Makeba, the first black African musician to win international stardom. Her music influenced artists across the globe, although her style stayed anchored in her South African roots. She sang for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone, Dizzie Gillespie and Paul Simon. She was also a vocal campaigner against apartheid, and always stood for truth and justice. After her involvement with the 1959 documentary Come Back Africa (one of the first films to expose the harsh realities of apartheid) she was forced into exile from her homeland.

This documentary traces her life and music through more than fifty years of performing. Her grandchildren, friends and colleagues, some who knew her from the beginning, in the dance halls of South Africa, share with us the remarkable journey of Mama Africa.

Black History Studies' co-founder Charmaine Simpson will introduce the film.


Film Information

90 mins

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