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Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba From South Africa

With Kusun Ensemble (Ghana)

African music's first and foremost world star

Known throughout the world as 'Mama Africa', it is no exaggeration to say that South African diva Miriam Makeba put African music on the international map. From the beginning of her career in the 1950s, her incredible voice has inspired musicians, audiences and humanitarians alike. She has always been an artist ahead of her time, a pioneer who blended different styles long before anyone had even begun to talk about "world music". In a long and dramatic career she has worked with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Paul Simon; sung at President Kennedy's birthday; been exiled from her homeland for speaking out against apartheid; and became the first South African to win a Grammy Award. A living legend.

With a special performance by Ghana's Kusun Ensemble.

In conjunction with Siyandisa Music on behalf of the ZM Makeba Trust

Date: 17 March
Time: 7:30pm with Miriam Makeba appearing at 9:00pm
Location: Sidney Myer Music Bowl

This is a licensed event for all ages - a range of alcoholic drinks is available for sale inside the venue. Please note that licensing laws do not allow any alcohol to be brought into the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Conditions of Entry: No alcohol may be brought into the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Breakable glass containers, elevated seating, hard-sided hampers, coolers and eskies, weapons and dangerous items, domestic animals and items which could impede other people's enjoyment are also not allowed. Venue staff have the right to conduct security inspections, to require items to be cloaked for collection after the event, and to refuse or revoke entry.

Date: 18 March
Time: 9:15pm
Location: Alexandra Gardens Soundshell
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