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Singing for Africa

OUT NOW! MAMA AFRICA chronicles Miriam Makemba's formidable life in somewhat underwhelming fashion.

Singer Miriam Makeba is one of the less recognised champions of the black struggle for rights and recognition. Yet, her awe-inspiring life encompassed exile from her native South Africa, a successful career in the States alongside figures like Harry Belafonte, marriage to notorious Black Panther Stokely Carmichael and pan-African activism until her death in 2008. Mama Africa chronicles her entire career through interviews with friends and family and a wealth of archival footage. The subject is truly inspiring; sadly, the film has the look and feel of a TV documentary and fails to be as captivating as it could have been.

Mama Africa | Directed by Mika Kaurismäki (Finland et al. 2011) Documentary. Starts November 10