Mama Africa is the biography of the South African singer, Miriam Makeba, who was the first black, African musician to win international stardom. Her music influenced artists across the globe, although her style stayed anchored in her South African roots. She sang for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie. Makeba was also a vocal campaigner against apartheid, and always stood for truth and justice. This documentary traces her life and music through more than fifty years of performing. Friends and colleagues, some who knew her from the beginning, in the dance halls of South Africa (remember Pata Pata ), together with her grandchildren, allow us to know the remarkable journey of Mama Africa.
Traditional beliefs say that the souls of the dead will not join their ancestors until the mourners cry at their graves. Max Bua, 19, from a South African farm community, has inherited his grandfathers talent for mourning. Despite this heaven-sent gift, Max has his sights set on becoming a doctor and must travel to Johannesburg to begin his studies. With money the villagers collected for his tuition fees, and a wedding gift, he sets off to the city. Director Teddy Mattera has constructed a slapstick comedy about a young boys coming of age and his wild adventure with a most unlikely partner in crime.
Calling all Afrobeats lovers! From Fela Kuti and Hugh Masekela to P-Square and D'Banj, Afrobeats is taking the UK music scene by storm. Let's get together for live gigs, parties, club nights and everything in-between to celebrate this exciting new sound.
If you like music that is different, unique, organic yet modern, with no boundaries, energetic and fused with modern genres without losing its actual identity then you need look no further than Afrobeats.
Afrobeats is the sound of young Africa which is growing in popularity through out the UK and the world. The genre's name stems from Nigeria's Afrobeat which was made popular by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen in the 70s.
Now, we have a young generation of artists not scared to make some fresh new music that has made them superstars with an even bigger fanbase following the likes of Wizkid, 2face, D'banj, P-Square, V.I.P, R2bees, Dj Cleo, HHP, Nameless, Chameleone, K'naan, Cabo Snoop, K'millian, Gal Level, Winky D, Nneka & Kaysha just to name but a few who are household names in and out of Africa with music being played worldwide as well as selling out concerts and fuelling the clubbing scene week in week out.
This group is open to all who appreciate the funky, hyped and energetic sound coming out of Africa right now.
Looking forward to meeting you all at an upcoming meet up.
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