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Makeba: My Story

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The autobiography of the legendary South African singer and political activist known as "Mama Africa". "A cry of the heart. No one can fail to be moved".-- Boston Herald. 16 pages of photos.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Plume
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I really enjoyed this book. Makeba: My Story is the autobiography of South African singer Miriam Makeba. Makeba was born Zenzi Makeba to Swazi and Xhosa parents. This memoir reads like a novel and in hackneyed words used to describe some movies and books it is a story of triumph and tragedy.

Miriam Makeba was born under the brutal system of apartheid. Her beloved father died young, and she was eventually raised mainly by her grandmother and other extended family. Her mother was forced to work fa...more
South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba speaks the story of her life conversationally, in first person, rather than as slickly edited text. Through short poignant chapters, she reveals an extraordinary life of triumph and tragedy. This book covers the years from her 1930s childhood through the 1980s, when apartheid still reigned. It is written as a personal reflection, just after a time of devastating personal loss.

After a few very unusual childhood experiences, Makeba gives details abo...more
I'm not usually a fan of autobiographies, but the style of this one--1st person, present tense--was different, and while that took some getting used to, I found it a more interesting approach, making the narrative akin (I'm assuming) to a more authentic, African, storytelling approach.

I think Makeba is an interesting figure in popular music and the struggle for human rights, both in the U.S. and abroad, and I found the story of her life to be engaging. Did I believe everything she said? No, not...more
More like 3.5. A compelling story as she had such an amazing life; being in the center of so much that was happening for Africa in addition to her own dramatic personal life. This seems to be a "told to" story so the writing is not amazing but her story kept me riveted. I would like to compare her version of events with a biography, however, as it's always interesting to see how personal perceptions align with others' perceptions.
Perfectly her story.
I loved her singing so I decided to read her autobiography. She brought to light the differences between Western and African culture. Like the fact that in Western culture, your ancestors are dead but in her culture, the ancestors are with the person all the time that they are alive. This is a book that I would love to read again.
I really enjoyed this autobiography. I love Miriam Makeba's music, and her story really marks her place in history, especially the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. She has had an amazing life, and it was a pleasure to read about it.
Great memoir of a truly tender, talented, and tough African woman. A true legend!
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I love everything about Mama Africa and her music. Very good read.
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