Mika Kaurismäki’s documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century traveling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa.
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Amazing stuff. OR maybe it was just the sheer synergy of having watched The Black Power Mix tapes and seeing Stokey Carmichael in there a few days ago and then finding out tonight that he married Miriam Makeba. Wow, wish I had seen her perform live when she was still alive. What an amazing voice and a magnificent woman.
Makeba was one of a kind and richly deserved to be called Mama Africa. For a film filled with archival footage of her performing and being interviewed, I find it odd that the filmmaker did not identify any of the talking heads. Despite such an egregious flaw, the film is a wonderful tribute to a woman who truly inspired with her voice and by how she lived her life.