‘Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba’ music documentary at Rosendale Theatre - BlueStone Press
September 22, 2019

‘Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba’ music documentary at Rosendale Theatre

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While South Africa was controlled by the violent racist segregation known as apartheid, which separated the ruling white minority and the oppressed black majority, courageous people spoke out. One was revolutionary Nelson Mandela. Another was Miriam Makeba, who combined politics with heart-lifting song and brought South African culture to the world, changing hearts and minds. As part of the Music Fan Film Series, Makeba’s inspiring life is celebrated in “Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba” by Mika Kaurismäki. The 2011 film will be screened at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale. Makeba was the first African musician to become an international star. Her music remained anchored in her traditional South African roots and conveyed strong messages against racism and poverty. Makeba was forced into a life in exile after starring in the 1959 documentary film “Come Back Africa,” which exposed the harsh realities of apartheid. She sang for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie, was married to both musician Hugh Masekela and radical Black Panther Stokely Carmichael. Her life was tumultuous but always fascinating. She stood for truth and justice, fought for the oppressed, and campaigned tirelessly against apartheid. The film features interviews with musical legend and former husband Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, Angélique Kidjo, revolutionary Kathleen Neal Cleaver, and Lorraine Gordon, owner of New York City’s famed Village Vanguard jazz club. Tickets to the documentary are $8/$6 members. For more information, visit rosendaletheatre.org or call 845-658-8989.


Event Date
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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