Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Passion from a Genuine Freedom Fighter

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Passion from a Genuine Freedom Fighter

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Byline: JACK MASSARIK

Miriam Makeba Festival Hall

MIRIAM Makeba concerts attract a wide racial mix, which among other things makes her not only one of the best liked artists on the international circuit but also one of the most respected.

Unlike other politically-minded singers she's a genuine heroine, of course, the star who addressed the United Nations in person about the evils of apartheid and was debarred from South Africa as a result.

So when, as happened last night, she sings Home Is Where My Heart Lies (Across The Ocean Under African Skies), her words carry an autobiographical clout that deepens their impact.

She also delivers pithy politicalscience messages. "Thank you to all of you who did raise your voice against apartheid. Without you we would not be celebrating our 10th anniversary of freedom now," she said. "And let's thank our leaders, who taught us patience, and that while we may never forget, we must forgive."

With similar candour she referred to her pan-African group as "youngsters it's hard to keep up with when you're 72", introducing backing-singer Innocent Wudiye with the words: "I want to showcase South Africa's future, because the old girl's exiting soon. …

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