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ISBN: 978-1-919855-39-4

Trim size: 240 x 240mm

Binding: hardcover

Page count: 266 pages

Imagery: Colour and b&w photos

Cost: R495.00

Genre: Autobiography

Publication date: November 2004



As the first complete autobiography of Miriam Makeba, Makeba celebrates the life of this remarkable talent and global icon of music, style and history.

 This beautiful hardcover coffee-table book chronicles Makeba’s entire life – from her early days growing up on the Rand and performing with the Manhattan Brothers to her departure from South Africa. It also details Miriam’s life in America and friendship with Harry Belafonte, her performance for President John F. Kennedy alongside Marilyn Monroe, her marriage to Stokely Carmichael, and her life in Conakry, Guinea.

 Finally, we read about her stay in Europe, the release of Nelson Mandela, Miriam’s homecoming and her ultimate decision to stay and make a living in this country.

 Full colour and black-and-white photographs of Miriam touring and performing, of her fashions and political colleagues, bring this book to life. An index, glossary, discography and complete list of original compositions round off this most fascinating and comprehensive work.


By Miriam Makeba in conversation with Nomsa Mwamuka

Until her death, Miriam Makeba was President Thabo Mbeki’s Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations. Recent awards include the Gold Class Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur from French President, Jacques Chirac.

She was the founder and co-owner of the Makeba Rehabilitation Centre for Girls, which is based in Midrand, South Africa.