„The World Of Miriam Makeba“
Miriam Makeba (voc) & orchestra conducted by Hugh Masekela
It was Miriam Makeba’s destiny to broadcast an image of South Africa to the world without actually being in the country. She fought against Apartheid and the Regime in South Africa by means of persistent political agitation and, of course, lots of music. But it took a good deal of perseverance and the ups and downs of appearing in clubs and shows until the songs of the South African singer, who was expatriated in 1959, were heard in her new adopted country, the USA.
The good old formula, whereby protest in music only reaches its objectives through entertainment, also holds good for this early song compilation, which is filled with artistic originality and brought great commercial success. Alongside the rousing, melodic and groovy Afro-World music numbers, there are several ‚global players‘ such as the cleverly arranged ballad „Forbidden Games“, the bluesy spiritual numbers „Little Boy“ and „Wonder Of Things“, and a cracking Latin number entitled „Tonados De Media Noche“. The wonderfully bright sound of Hugh Maeskela and his band enhance the highly varied characters of the selected pieces. Here we have a musical vista of at least half of our world, which fits perfectly on one LP.
Recording: June and July 1963 by Mickey Crafford in RCA Victor’s Studio A and Webster Hall, New York