When we think of musical icons and philanthropists, who are some of the first people to come to mind? Bono? Alicia Keys? Well I can take you further back. Does the name Miriam Makeba ring a bell?
Miriam Makeba (March 4th 1932-November 9th 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist. In the 1960s she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world.
Now Owen Woodward, a St. Louis native, is in charge of an event happening today, March 1st through March 3rd at the Missouri History Museum. A documentary about the South African singer will be shown to those interested in learning her journey. I, myself had a chance to see it and it is a phenomenal story about a phenomenal woman, mother, singer and activist that was Miriam Makeba.
In an effort to shed even more light on this icon’s story, Owen has started a blog titled Enter A Unique World, to raise awareness for Miriam Makeba here in the United States.
Hollywood has yet to show love for African or African-American heroes (women especially). If you Google Miriam Makeba, you will see the profound effect she had in almost all of the world except the US where she suffered a professional exile very similar to her literal exile from her homeland, South Africa in the 1960’s.
Please visit Owen’s site and click the link below to watch a preview of the documentary and this awesome woman’s story .