TODAY IN HISTORY: Mama Miriam Makeba is born

By Drum Digital
04 March 2015

Miriam Zenzile Makeba was born in Johannesburg on 4 March 1932 to a Swati mother and a Xhosa father.

Her mother was a sangoma and a domestic worker while her father worked as a clerk for Shell. Makeba began singing in the school choir at Kilnerton Training Institute in Pretoria. 

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