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Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba

1960

Miriam Makeba

Album Summary

Miriam Makeba is a self-titled, debut album by Miriam Makeba. It was released in 1960 by RCA Victor.

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Rating

3.12

Votes

4462

Genres

  • Jazz
  • World
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Really pleasant surprise as I don't normally listen to anything like this. Loved her voice and the blues influences in here. Super cool to hear 'Mbube' and to get some context for 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' (even though Miriam's version is a cover)

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5

Que música incrível! Me fez aprender muito mais sobre a história dela, descobri q o Sivuca trabalhou com ela na decada de 60 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3znK08BoKfU). Me fez ver um outro contexto da revolução musical dos anos 60

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5

Wonderful energy, great singing and a wonderful person behind it all.

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5

What a delicious album this is, the talent, the music, the resistance. Her generation brought down apartheid on South Africa, from pariah to hero. She spoke she sung, hope more of her records are on the list.

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I listen to a few tracks and it’s interesting music but I don’t know that I will revisit this.

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5

Primeira vez escutando musica tão diferente de meu gosto musical, de primeira já curti, me lmbrou de minha infancia assistindo rei leão e kiriku. Ai ela é muito calminha, amei essa mulher! Ela ta morta :o wtf. triste. Amei a musica, salvei o album, escutarei mais vezes com certeza!

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5

If I had to put together a short list of the musicians who had the most influence on my taste in music, she would be in the top 5.  I didn't  fall in love with African music until I bought  Miriam Makeba's Welea album, Frustrated with most of the music I was being fed by radio, I was sifting through the "Music I Never Heard Of" section in the local record store and randomly picked this since she looked like a warm and interesting woman who I hoped would play music that would be more interesting than FM. Her music was peaceful and optimistic which in itself is quite remarkable given her life.  I would play that album before going to work when I knew I had stressful meetings.  I later found the Click song, among others, and learned  that she played with Harry Belefonte, played at the concert festival held in conjunction with the Rumble in the Jungle, and backed up Paul Simon on his Graceland tour. There are many lovely songs on the 1001 offering. The Click Song is charming and her story about the name is  cute. Saduva is one of my favourite songs. She had a longer (and better) version with excellent instrumentation on her Welea album. Lakutshon and One More Dance, both innocuous musically,  demonstrate how beautiful her voice is. At the end of the day I like Welea more than the 1001 offering but this is her first album and  her role in bringing South African and other African music to western audiences is second to none. Yeah Paul Simon played a big role and touched more people in North America and Europe but he likely was influenced by her.  

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african outdated but not ugly

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5

Amazing voice and awesome afro-American album. Variety is great and the click songs are unique. I don’t even mind not understanding half of the album that isn’t English.

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5

Magnifique album, très heureux d'avoir découvert cette artiste.

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5

She’s awesome.

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5

Great african vibe, super fresh!

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5

WOWOWOW!!! i read up about her and i love her lmaooo her voice is amazing and lover her stuff and this album was pretty good! i wanna show my future kids her songs :)

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5

This is absolutely beautiful.

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5

really nice voice, and really nice music with a twinge of cynicism in places most joyous

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5

Amazing.

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5

Beautiful singing voice

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5

Very positive album. Smile all the songs!

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5

Loved it. Worthy of a Jain song dedicated to her.

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5

Wow, I was blown away by her voice! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Miriam Makeba before. Really emotes in her singing.

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5

Maravilhoso!!!!!!!

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5

that was a super cool album 10/10 I don’t know how she’s able to sing The Click Song but that was impressive af

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5

First time listening to this one. Love her voice and the influence was huge.

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5

Brilliant, and exemplifies why I was keen to do this: I would probably never have listened to this album otherwise. The click song and a couple of the covers were the only ones I recognised on first listen, but I loved pretty much every track. Wonderful

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5

Wow! Wow! Wow! Paul Simon can stay home, we got Miriam now

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5

i hope shes a 4! No this is probably a 5 star album.

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5

These are fantastic songs. I liked e.g. the guitar in Saduva.

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5

Fresh and sweet

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5

Classic slice of time, incredible voice and unique narrative perspective. A la Ella Fitzgerald. Naughty Little Flea top 10.

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5

Wonderful! A terrific voice and variety of styles. Very very enjoyable. More please!

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5

I very much enjoyed this album. Some moments I felt like I may be in church and others at a party. I appreciate the exposure to an artist that I would otherwise likely never have listened to.

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5

I first learned about Miriam Makeba some years ago when I was researching South African music for a school project, and I immediately became a fan. "Pata Pata" has been in my playlists ever since. This was a wonderful album and I loved listening to this amazing voice so much. What an interesting collection of songs! I love when this project brings us to artists I haven't known so well, but really appreciate, such as this. Love Love Love.

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5

Will definitely be coming back to this album

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5

Where was Miriam Makeba all my life? What a delightful album - funny, haunting, bold, beautiful - I’m totally in love. So far the best new discovery for me from this list.

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5

Takes me back to the 60s, South West Africa, parties, dancing. I LOVE Miriam Makeba

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4

Fresh. No skips but some I’d return to.

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4

Great African music. She has a very good voice.

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4

Fantastic album, especially if you're into world-style music. For me, this is a really strong 4-star album. I would definitely listen to it again, but it's not a genre I reach for often.

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This was great! Not only is there a wonderful story behind Miriam, but the music is also great. This is my first 'world music' album to appear on the list.

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4

Enjoyed this far more than I expected. I imagine I'll be listening to this again soon and probably some of her other material.

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4

somewhat expectedly beautiful african folk. glad to know it. fav track: lakutshn ilanga

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4

Pathos and joy in equal measures, this voice could lift a mountain. Moments of transcendence, especially Holilili.

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4

Good album. Something different

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Wasn’t expecting traditional African music but it is nice. I have never listened to this type of music before. Where does it lead is an amazing song. I love the mix of western songs and traditional African.

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yeeeeeeeaaaaaah woooooooooooooooooo 7/10 i love it

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Very nice

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4

Click, retreat. Voice and percusión

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4

Cool stuff except for the second to last song... Just weird

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Tym razem bardzo murzynsko wylosowalo, pierwszy albumik solowy poludniowoafrykanskiej spiewaczki zwanej takze jako Mama Africa, jako jedna z najbardziej znanych wokalistej czarnego kontynentu i pierwszej afrykanskiej zdobywczyni grammy, co do albumiku to jest to minimalistyczny albumik zawierajacy 14 kawalkow z czego tylko 4 sa spiewane po angilelsku, reszta natomiast to muzyka rodem z RPA, wiec jezykowo Xhosa lub Zulu dominuje, nie jestem pewien czy sa to orginalne kompozycje, bo raczej sa to piosenki ktore gdzies tam sobie juz byly spiewane wsrod plemion afrykanskich, a to jest jedynie ich zapis na tasmie, bo angielskie songi kojarze, wiec wiem, ze sa to covery, a co do czarnych kawalkow to jedynie the click song, moj ulubiony kawalek z albumiku daje info ze jest to Qongqothwane czyli piosenka spiewana podczas weselicha majaca przynosic szczescie, jakbym nie obejrzal jak spiewa to live, to bym nie uwierzyl, ze mozna wydawac taki klikajacy dzwiek i czysto spiewac jednoczesnie, caly albumik to prezentacja tego wokalu, bo jednynym instrumentalem jest to gitarka akustyczna, flet oraz chorek, spiewajacy troche jak w gospelu, ale ktory robi takze za klaskaczy i tupaczy, jak to w murzynskich klimatach jest zazwyczaj, na plejke wrzuce wspomnianego click songa oraz openingowy the retreat song

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4

I always wondered who sung Pata Pata. Now I know! really enjoyed the album

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4

so cool, loved mbube calling back to my childhood

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4

This was even better than I expected it to be. A lot of these songs are really good and Makeba's vocals are incredible. I really should listen to more South African music because this is good. This style sounded kind of familiar and I think that's because it was an influence for Paul Simon. Also I think Mbube was the basis for The Lion Sleeps Tonight.The songwriting is honestly on par with a lot of Simon's songs although (like some of Paul Simon's albums) this album is a bit inconsistent. I absolutely HATE Charle's Coleman's laughing on One More Dance no matter how much I try to appreciate it. It doesn't make sense for a song about a woman's husband dying and it's so annoying. If the album had stayed as good as it started, it would have been 5 stars. Still, one bad song and a few less memorable ones certainly don't spoil the entire album for me. Favorite Songs: The Retreat Song (Jikele Maweni), Suliram, The Click Song, Olilli, Mbube, Where Does It Lead? Least Favorite Song: One More Dance Strong 8/10

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4

Interesting

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4

Her voice is beautiful. I love the rhythm and sound of the songs that are not in English. Those in English are a bit boring and fall flat in comparison, except for the one about the little flea.

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4

Wiederentdeckung! Aber richtig gut!

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4

Så fedt!

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4

I was torn on what to rate this for a while, its definitely not my genre, but Istill appreciated it a lot.

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4

I don't think I ever would have encountered this if I were not listening through this list, but I am so glad I had the opportunity. This album had fabulous vocals, a ton of catchy songs, and was a fantastic start to my morning.

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4

This album makes me happy!

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4

-Definitely out of my typical tastes but very interesting -love the vocal performance -I had no idea she preformed House of the Rising Sun before The Animals

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4

A real talent. She makes a foreign language album fantastic regardless of lyrics

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4

Beautiful voice, beautiful sound. Great discovery.

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4

Música africana mezclada con música melódica de los años 40... está bien.

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4

Great stuff - really interesting variety of songs! Incredible vocal talent. Fave track - "Mbube" for that "Lion Sleeps Tonight" quality. Also "The Click Song", for clicking!

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4

A great album that made me realize I really enjoy African music.

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4

1st October 2021 Started at the airport on the way to Spain for Jen's surprise birthday trip! Finished on the Monday. This was a real surprise treat. I loved the power and tenderness of her voice, the classical but very much African vibe, really great and will get repeated listens.

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4

I have Pata Pata on vinyl and it's a popular one around the house. I have loved her since college when I heard her on the college radio station and had to call in to find out who it was. Her music always lifts my spirits. Gonna knock this down to 4 though cause the song with Charles Coleman and the Flea Song throws the album off a bit for me.

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4

What a breath of fresh air, finding this really calming and lifting. Reading about her, she had quite a life.

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4

I’m breaking my mold here. Even though I will not be adding this album to my library, it is something worth hearing for all. The biggest reason I won’t be adding it is the language barrier, which is my limitation. But then again, these are my ratings, so the built in limitation is a necessary condition. Miriam Makeba’s angelic voice is one to remember. Her vibrato is majestic. The album sounds like it could be current or from 1960…timeless. The music is light and feels effortless, like floating from cloud to cloud in Super Mario WII. The House of the Rising Sun cover is divine, and I will be adding it to a playlist.

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4

From playful to contemplative, Miriam Makeba shows on this album why she is one of the most important artists to come out of South Africa. That she was recording these songs and selling these albums during the oppressive years of apartheid in her home country proves what a force her voice and her music is. I had the good fortune to hear her sing live during Paul Simon's Graceland tour - what a treat, what an inspiriation.

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4

Absolutely beautiful, I loved this voice, though I don't know what she's saying most of the time. Must be in the right mood to listen to this, I chose late in the evening and it was perfect. Highlight of this album is Lakutshon' Ilanga, so relaxing. The album artwork and lo-fi production only added to the listening experience. She seems to have been an important figure in fighting apartheid and had an exceptional career from Johannesburg to New York to Italy. Super happy to have been turned on to this album and Miriam Makeba.

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4

Firstly, it must be said that her voice is astounding. An extraordinarily emotive performer, equally adept at doleful ballads and exuberant, joyful numbers. This album has such great stuff. However, the Harry Belafonte-style songs sound a little dated to my ears. But they are tolerable, and there is true gold elsewhere on this album. Beforehand, I knew nothing about Miriam Makeba, and this was a most impressive introduction.

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4

Man, she's got some pipes. The close harmonies really date it. Best track: Mbube

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4

Wonderful, joyous stuff. 8/10

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4

First album bringing baby home; beautiful worldly vibes, great for Abi D.

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4

Great introduction to Miriam Makeba. Amazing voice.

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Miriam Makeba by Miriam Makeba (1960) “A diversification among human communities is essential for the provision of the incentive and material of the Odyssey of the human spirit. Other nations of different habits are not enemies: they are godsends. Men require of their neighbours [1] something sufficiently akin to be understood, [2] something sufficiently different to provoke attention, and [3] something great enough to command admiration.” — Alfred North Whitehead, Science and the Modern World Why should a serious listener from the West give heed to a debut album from sixty years ago by a then 28-year-old singer from South Africa? Professor Whitehead, above, has given us part of the answer. The remaining part can be found in the fact that this record is just plain enjoyable. She sings in English, Xhosa, Sotho, and Zulu (as far as I was able to figure out), but the music is wonderfully accessible to all ears. Miss Makeba has an outstanding voice. With power in the lower end of her range, with highs that run the gamut from delicate to harsh, she displays a natural vocal talent that is, in Whitehead’s terms, understandable, provocative, and admirable. It is not for nothing that she later earned the moniker ‘Mama Africa’. Her songs are not political, even if her acceptance in the West was (one should ask her mentor Harry Belafonte about both of those claims). It was only later that she was forbidden to return to her native land. Those white South African blokes took apartheid seriously. The calypso-flavored track “The Naughty Little Flea” could be considered subversive if one subscribed to the military philosophy described in Robert Taber, The War of the Flea (1965). It is interesting to compare & contrast this song with how apartheid actually fell. Nevertheless, with a smile, Brigitte Bardot really was “a delicious beast” (Ya just gotta listen). And for giggles, “Just One More Dance” (Charles Colman is a scream—he rivals Jim Backus/Phyllis Diller in “Delicious [The Laughing Song]”). This must be one of the funniest turn downs evah. But I strongly recommend that the first-time listener start with track #4, “Unhome”. This solo a cappella delight commands respect—politics and giggles be damned. If you’re in the mood for something more familiar, listen to her cover of “House of the Rising Sun”—much more convincing that Bob Dylan (are you shocked?) or the Byrds. Or try track #7, “Mbube”, and see if you can discern why someone like me would have 23 recorded versions of this song in his digital library. But this one is my new favorite. Even my nine-year-old granddaughter (with patience) recognized it. Can you? To ignore this album would be a cultural poverty. 4/5

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4

Very cool. Beautiful voice and interesting textures

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4

Very nice and nostalgic, with some fun standout songs. Nothing really dazzled me to the five, but this is a confident high 4.

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4

This is a tough rate. I only really liked about half the songs; the other half I didn't care for. Much of it sounded too much like some boring "easy listening" type of music. But the tracks I liked? I LOVED. The Click Song and Mbebe are definitely going on heavy rotation from now on, and that rendition of House of the Rising Sun was gorgeous. I think it is just enough to push into to a 4th star for me; rare for an album with half I didn't really enjoy.

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4

It was refreshing to finally get an album that was in a genre I have rarely ever heard. Not only was it unique, but it was extremely enjoyable to listen to as it went from soft lullabyes to uplifting chants. Miriam has a baller voice and I'm glad this is on the list. Favs: the click song, mbube

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Not sure how confident i am commenting on this, I think she's got a very lovely voice and the Wikipedia page is quite a saga of struggle, fame and incredible talent.

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It's very interesting to know this different and (at the same time) comfortable new type of song. I believe that it opened my eyes to a whole new world, but it's a world that I already know very well and this is wonderful.

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4

Belle musique africaine. J’aime l’albûm ca s’ecoute tres bien. 4.35

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4

Not sure if this is because I'm listening on Christmas week, but it sounds like another Christmas record to me. Nice ballads, sensitively arranged and beautifully sung (apart from One More Dance). Probably not something I'll ever return to, but I enjoyed it.

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4

Great energy. So uplifting and positive! Beautiful voice and music!

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4

Beautiful voice! I thoroughly enjoyed this whole album!

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4

Interesting, nice voice and Melodie’s.

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4

Definitely was getting a Lion King vibe, and then they played Mbube! 🤣🤣🤣 A nice surprise! I'm tempted to give this a 5 because it certainty exceeded my expectations going in.

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4

Something very different from what I'm used to when it comes to pop, and that's a good thing. This is definitely something you need to experience before you die

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I am not familiar with MIRIAM MAKEBA’s music, and not aware of her existence at all. I know that there is no comparison, but my only exposure to this type of music is from DEAD CAN DANCE. After to listening to MIRIAM MAKEBA, the album is interesting to interesting, but completely outside my scope of judging and rating the fairly. I need to get more exposure to this kind if music. I enjoyed the uniqueness of hearing laughter in a song (“One More Dance”), but it was unnerving not to understand why in a song that apparently celebrates infidelity. Simply due to ignorance. “Olilili” sounds like gospel song. Now I’m thinking that “The Click Song” may been something that may have been mentioned in grade school when I went in the mid-to late 70’s. I remember the title or maybe it was the concept of the language being discussed at the time. Also surprised how short and quickly songs are. Does it belong on 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die may be easy to make the claim, but it isn’t. I’m glad to see it been included, even if at the end of the end of the day it doesn’t belong. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, MIRIAM MAKEBA is the only album included. Rate Artist: MIRIAM MAKEBA (4.0) Rate Album (Year): MIRIAM MAKEBA (1960 Original) (4.05) Ranking of MIRIAM MAKEBA - MIRIAM MAKEBA songs No. Title Length 01) The Retreat Song 2:37 08.0/10 02) Suliram 2:47 07.0/10 03) The Click Song 2:33 10.0/10 04) Umhome 1:21 07.0/10 05) Olilili 2:35 09.0/10 06) Lakutshn Ilanga 2:10 07.0/10 07) Mbube 3:22 08.0/10 08) The Naughty Little Flea 2:50 10.0/10 09) Where Does It Lead 2:33 07.5/10 10) Novema 2:41 07.0/10 11) House Of The Rising Sun 1:59 07.5/10 12) Saduva 2:32 08.0/10 13) One More Dance 2:44 10.0/10 14) Iya Gaduza 2:06 08.0/10 Original 1960 Release 114.0/140 = 8.14 / 2 = 4.07

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Very nice. Bas sam uzivala u cijelom albumu.

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Interessante.

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It begins with the voice. Before any other instruments join in, Makeba's vocal rings out like a flare shooting into a pitch black night. It's a rich, full-bodied, sustained sound, soaring over a rolling drum to announce the arrival of surely some of the most esoteric material on this list. Over the next thirty five minutes, Miriam Makeba belts, croons, yelps and swoons her way through some easy-listening world music with leanings into Western pop and jazz. She also breaks the language barrier completely: I stopped noticing which songs were in English and which were not, because her voice is such an expressive instrument. The range of material here is simple and unchallenging for a first listen, compiled with the aim of great commercial success. It was Makeba's first album after moving from Johannesberg to New York City, resulting in an interesting blend of styles, sensibilities and cultures. For Western listeners, it's fascinating to hear how this would have fit in with the scene at the time, and still has a stronghold over popular music. Makeba's version of "House of the Rising Sun" dials up the lament of the lyrics and wallows in regret, drawing out each phrase to wring out just the right amount of woe. It's a spellbinding interpretation made some years before the song was seared into public consciousness by The Animals. On similar grounds, "Mbube" is an African standard that was eventually reworked in English as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Its hit-making potential shines through here, as the players up the energy and give way to pure joy through layers of "whim-a-wey"ing vocals and shrill whoops and hollers. It's very hard to listen without a smile. Elsewhere, there are some dreamlike, understated forays into jazz, with "Lakutshon' Ilanga" and "Where Does It Lead" filled with languid, embellished guitar chords. There's a rich harmonic structure to these pieces that's easy to get lost in, before we're brought back to earth by a surprising (but somehow still charming) novelty number like "The Naughty Little Flea" or the giggly "One More Dance". The main strength of the range of material is how it succeeds in showcasing each asset of Makeba's vocal range, endearing her to the listener as a personality as well as a performer. She is playful ("The Naughty Little Flea", "The Click Song" with its essential spoken context in the opening, "One More Dance"); passionate ("The Retreat Song", "Umhome", "Iya Guduza"); and soothing ("Suliram", "Holili"). The latter two pieces are gorgeous slow lullabies, elevated by the Belafonte Folk Singers, who produce an astonishing depth of vocalisation across the record. For 1960, it all feels huge: an African woman becoming a big hit in New York City, eventually gaining the mighty title of "Mama Africa" for being one of the very first of many to bring world music to Western pop. Two years later, Makeba would be forbidden to return home due to apartheid, and use her status to campaign against the regime long before the UN caught on. She's a towering figure in her own right, but judging by the many people only giving this album a first listen by seeing it here (myself included) she deserves to be talked about much more. Beautiful.

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Love, Love , Love this album. This woman has got the real deal. She is funny, classy and uber talented. Harry Belfonte band is the backing artist on this record which adds to the richness of this album. A true crime that he has been left off this list. Must listen.

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4

Never heard of Mz Makeb but thoroughly enjoyed this.

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4

Enjoyable

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4

Impresionante primer disco de Miriam Makeba. Jazz y esencia de África. Imprescindible. Un descubrimiento.

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4

Great debut from Miriam Makeba, an interesting mix of both African and European music. She had a lovely voice with different styles interpreted on this album. I Liked "The Click Song" "Mbube" and of course the humorous "One More Dance" later adapted by Ester and Abi Ofarim for a number one hit in the UK. Really enjoyed this early, intrepid trip into African music. Rightly on the list.

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4

Fora

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You know I’m here for it

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Great voice and energy to match

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4

Frábær rödd, indæl lög og gott vibe. Mæli með.

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4

Absolutely wonderful!!! Particularly love the click song. Obviously nothing touches Pata Pata, Miriam's biggest hit but this album is also great and it's all new listening for me.

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4

And that’s where “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was misappropriated from, sweetheart! Snarkiness aside, I liked most of this and loved some of it.

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4

About half way through this album I was going to give this album 3 stars on the vocal talent alone; the second half changed all of that. Tracks like “Mbube” and “The Nasty Little Flea” filled this album out nicely.

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4

This was fantastic. Her vocals are amazing and the background is beautiful. I didn’t like the track with the guy laughing as he sang, but I’m sure that’s just personal taste.

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Délicieux, rappelle l'album Calypso de Belafonte, même si les deux correspondent à des aires culturelles différentes. La clé de cette ressemblance vient peut-être de l'arrangeur, le franco-américain aux racines canadiennes-françaises Robert de Cromier Jr, alias Bob Corman. On a donc là un cas intéressant à étudier : trois artistes liés à la décolonisation, produisant des oeuvres magiques pour le compte du dominant anglo-saxon.

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4

Was expecting to give this a "Nice but not for me" but got super into her melodies and beautiful voice, very different from my usual thing in every way and loved it.

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I previously, haven't listened to much African music and I actually had never listened to anything from Miriam Makeba. First impressions, her voice is amazing and beautiful and I was pleasantly surprised by her talent. The more I've read about her, the more I want to listen to more of her music. Thank you for putting her into my musical stratosphere. Very enjoyable!

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4

Enjoyed it.

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She was great

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Very beautiful, very interesting

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Incredible voice, amazing songs. This is why I love this site. I would never have had the joy of listening to this album without it.

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Now THIS is the kind of stuff I was expecting to find in the list. There is no way a middle class WASP from Jersey would have ever found this album growing up. Having said that, I really enjoyed it. Listened through it twice in a row. The only song I found annoying was “One More Dance.” I thought Charles Coleman’s laughing was annoying throughout the song; like a stand- up laughing at a joke before he finishes telling it. The interpretation of “House of the Rising Sun” was pretty daring, particularly in 1960. I cannot imagine a lot of singers putting themselves out there like that. I checked on this so I would not feel dumb: “Mbube” means lion. So it’s only natural that song sounds a lot like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” I imagine “Mbube” came first and was… shall we say, “appropriated…?” Definitely an album I will come back to, a nice change of pace for me.

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Comfy. "One More Dance" had me cracking up.

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C’est vraiment cool ça. Beau mélange de style et de culture. House of the rising sun est de trop sur cet album.

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Rating: 7/10

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South African album with a healthy dose of English and a cover of house of the rising sun. Vibrato and dynamics are awesome and the music did a good job of overcoming the language barrier

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What a gem! Really glad I got to discover this amazing artist.

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Perfect album bij warme temperaturen. Leuke mix van Engels en verschillende Afrikaanse talen

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4.2 - Delightful. A beautiful, soaring voice set over a tasteful, minimal jazz ensemble with some fun backing vocals. Standouts: “The Click Song”, “Mbube”, “The Naughty Little Flea.”

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This was a nice change of pace… smooth and enjoyable. Interesting that an artist from Apartheid South Africa had an album out in 1960 in the US. It was fun recognizing a few songs like Mbube and The House of the Rising Sun. Nice!

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It’s a privilege to be introduced to Miriam Makeba and to recognise the powerful impact she made fighting apartheid and sharing South Africa’s story across the globe. Makeba’s vocals are beautiful and she is a genuine entertainer who, judging from this record, knew how to keep her audiences engaged. Deftly spinning from traditional South African songs to a kick ass cover of House of the Rising Sun, clearly she could make any song her own.

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this was really neat! honestly my favorite track was the second to last one where the guy is slowly losing his shit, but overall this was album was cool and i want to see more like it!!

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This gets better as it goes along and reading about her and her life puts it into perspective. Her infuence isn't just musical. A wide range of African songs, jazz songs and calypso (I guess that's Harry Belafonte's influence). Her voice is spectacular.

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Such an incredible voice, and I loved this a lot more than I was expecting to, as I had never explored this genre of music before - there were a couple songs that I wasn't really into but the majority was really great

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Quite enjoyable.

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Good stuff, but I can honestly say that it's unlikely to enter rotation.

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Great

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Great album really gets you moving

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Veldig kult! Funket ypperlig som bakgrunnsmusikk mens vi spiste frokost. Eva danset med armene, så 4/5 fra oss.

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voz potente, bastante bello la vdd

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Lovely album with great vocals

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fun and funky

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Beautiful

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3.5 I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Short of the middle parts that were a little draggy. When it was grooving I thought it was really grooving and I could find myself vibing with a lot of these songs in the future.

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Decent World music

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Classic African soul music. Lovely stuff, a very pleasant surprise this morning

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Not something I would have listened to before but I liked it

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I am sure it was a significant Album to reach international fame singing in an African Language. One More Dance was fun - but overall not my sound

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The folk ones weren't my cup of tea, but the remakes were good.

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nice but not my thing

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sounds like a disney soundtrack pretty

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nice slow jazz ones. her voice was great. I did NOT like the guy laughing on the penultimate song

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Pretty solid. New sound will return to this.

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impeccable vocals

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This. Was. Cool

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The basis is good, but tbh i find the click style jarring - just like the english mentioned in The Click Song ;)

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Had a great jam to this first thing in the morning

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Pretty cool. A solid 3.5.

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3 - Macht Spaß

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Soul, jazz, Africana.

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I know of her through Paul Simon. She has a great voice and listening to this is important in discovering the voices and sounds of Africa.

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3.5 Ich mag das sehr, passt aber nicht in jede Situation.

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El rey león. One More Dance

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My only familiarity with this style of African music is from the Lion King. Overall a very evocative and quite beautiful - she has a great voice. The three English language songs feel very out of place and detract from it, but otherwise a very enjoyable listen.

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Didn't give a fair listen to in time

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Nice voice but not really my thing

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I like this. I’d buy it if I could find a used version at one of my local record shops, which is very likely. Very chill, has a Harry Belafonte vibe which is both to be expected and very much welcomed. I’d say a solid 3 here

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Makeba has a lovely voice that one day would blend perfectly with Belafonte in several concerts, on her own though it is largely lacking any "catchiness" or "replay-ability" that would make the listener want to revisit the album. It was a solid first effort, and very unique voice, but lacking in greater substance.

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Der weibliche Harry Belafonte

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Stunning clicky vocals

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not my usual listening but her voice is beautiful Holilili gave definite Disney vibe with that backing chorus

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not my cup of tea, but i see its appeal

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Lovely voice and interesting songs. I much prefer the non-English tracks in the first half but also I can't see myself listening to it again. Probably good for a name check to boost my multi-cultural credentials.

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Really unique. Good music, good songs.

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Enjoyed it but wouldn't necessarily listen to it again

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No complaints, but nothing grabbed me either.

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Never heard of this woman but she had a crazy life, from being taken under the wing of Harry Belafonte to marrying Stokely Carmichael and fighting Apartheid. 'The Click Song' was interesting; didn't know that the Xhosa language does all the clicking and stuff while they sing too. Had to smile when I got to 'Mbube' and realized that's where 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' comes from.

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Seems fine. Have no idea how to contextualize this with a list of 1000 additional albums.

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Beautiful

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I guess I don't understand how these 1001 albums are chosen and the link to Wikipedia doesn't help either as far as context is concerned. I was surprised to hear "Mbube" though - I had no idea that "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was based off an South African classic.

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It was alright. I didn't love it or hate it.

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African, smooth, classic. Great vocals.

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zulul

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Same sonic environment as Harry Belafonte at Carnegie Hall.

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A fabulous voice, effortlessly moving between styles and injecting passion into every note and lyric. Not my absolute favourite style and I think some of the songs drag a little but overall a lovely listen.

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-Miriam has some pipes! -I like this version of "Lion Sleeps Tonight / Mbube" - Mbube actually dates back to the 1920s and is in the public domain🌈, but most of all it reminds me of Ace Ventura👌 -"The Click Song", The Naughty Flea", and "Where Does it Lead" are some of the standout tracks on here 🌟🌟🌟

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Not in YouTube music

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This is definitely outside of my usual listening sphere and so provided a nice diversion from my usual fare. I did have to steer my expectations in a way since I generally don't focus much on vocals and seeing that Miriam Makeba is very clearly a vocal artist...:D but this was very much worth the trip. One standout song is "The Click Song" because of how obviously different and very non-Western it is. I'm not sure how to properly describe it but you have to listen - she sings with a "click-consonant" that is part of some African languages - very cool! "Olilili" also features a deep background chorus that sounds funereal yet uplifting in a way. As with many well-produced older (analog) albums, I really enjoyed the clarity of the mix. Since I'm much more a rock fan I don't feel really qualified to rate this in a proper way and wouldn't "measure" it against other collections more to my knowledge - but the vocals are truly unique (from my POV) and this was fascinating to listen to. 7/10 3 stars

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Beautiful voice, fun and funny. Musicianship was solid throughout, but nothing like-changing.

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Miriam has a rich voice and it definitely shares an interesting variety of songs... from the click song to the naughty little flea.. not sure what to make of one more dance. I like her take on House of the Rising Sun... overall the album is enjoyable, though not sure i would choose to listen to more from Miriam.

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Wow! Her voice and tone are really a joy to listen to. An infectious energy.

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I dig the variety, was surprised at how many songs I knew on this one

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this was pretty good! just enough world music content to be interesting with some very good singing.

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It's good, just not my style of music. Favorite track might be Mbube or One More Dance.

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She has a beautiful voice and an interesting style to introduce to American audiences in 1960. I was hoping to hear more rhythmic songs, like Pata Pata, which is one of the few of her songs I know, vs acapella or novelty numbers.

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Nice voice, read into her history on Wikipedia and sounds like a tough road. Not my genre but live would be lovely.

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"A weema weh" in "Mbube!?" Or almost? Was it? If it wasn't, is that, let's just say culturally insensitive of me to think it was? I wasn't listening super closely, because I was just enjoying Makeba's lovely voice, not being able to understand most of the lyrics. "House of the Rising Sun" cover was very cool. But again, a lot of it became background as most of it was not in English. No fault of the music, but rather a fault in my listening. Great voice, deserved better.

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Very beautiful voice. Not much else to say about the music as it follows formula but is very pleasant.

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Never listened before. Lovely voice.

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Niet mijn ding, kleinkunst uit zuid Afrika

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Beautiful voice that reminds me of Sarah Vaughn, especially in the ballads. The album offers a variety of songs that sound okay overall, but aren't particularly overwhelming either.

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Captivating - sounded loads more modern than it is. Fav new track: Mbube, though One More Dance made me smile and House Of The Rising Sun was one of the best covers I've heard.

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Really liked the South African bits, the English songs are just a bit dated.

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relaxing, but nothing standout

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Pretty cool

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Appreciated, not my thing. Going to listen to again though

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