A Miriam Makeba Biopic is in the Works
By : Isabelle Doll Ngcobo
FINALLY. A Miriam Makeba biopic the world need s to see iis officially in development.
Currently untitled, the movie is in partnership with the Miriam Makeba Estate, Miriam Makeba Foundation and Mama Africa Cultural & Social Trust, and it’s being produced by de Passe Jones Entertainment‘s Suzanne de Passe, who penned the script to the 1972 Billie Holiday film Lady Sings The Blues, and her longtime business partner, Madison Jones. Also on board to produce are Broadway producer Willette Klausner, music producer David Franco and Makeba’s former publicist and confidant, the journalist Marc Le Chat.
Who is Miriam Makeba
Zenzile Miriam Makeba
(4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer and civil rights activist.
In the 1960s, she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music around the world. She is best known for the song “Pata Pata“, first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967. She recorded and toured with many popular artists, such as Harry Belafonte,Paul Simon, and her former husband Hugh Masekela.
Makeba campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. The South African government responded by revoking her passport in 1960 and her citizenship and right of return in 1963. As the apartheid system crumbled she returned home for the first time in 1990.
Makeba died of a heart attack on November 9, 2008 after performing in a concert in Italy organised to support writer Roberto Saviano in his stand against the Camorra, a mafia-like organisation local to the region of Campania.