Miriam Makeba Welela

Welela

Miriam Makeba

Released on May 24, 1989 by Verve Records

Main artist: Miriam Makeba

Genre: Jazz

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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:45:12

  1. 1 Amampondo

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

  2. 2 African Sunset

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

  3. 3 Djiu De Galinha

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer - Jane C. Schwartz, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

  4. 4 A Luta Continua

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

  5. 5 Soweto Blues

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist - Hugh Masekela, ComposerLyricist - Stanley Kwesi Todd, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

  6. 6 Welela

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist - Lee Nelson, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

  7. 7 Hapo Zamani

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Manyando Dorothy Masuka, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

  8. 8 Pata Pata

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

  9. 9 Saduva

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

  10. 10 Africa

    Sipho Mabuse, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miriam Makeba, MainArtist - K. Mathela, ComposerLyricist - Roberto Meglioli, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1989 Universal Music Italia Srl

About

A child of apartheid, and an artist who was forced to live in exile, Miriam Makeba has endured decades of struggle, witnessing the ravages of racism and intolerance all her life. However, her music is uplifting and celebratory. Makeba was once quoted as saying, "I'm only happy when I sing." Clearly, this joy comes across on WELELA, which is influenced by the popular music of Makeba's homeland. "Pata Pata (Touch Touch)" is an exultant tune about dancing, while "A Luta Continua" is a song of resilience that is dedicated to the people of Mozambique. However, the most moving song here is "Soweto Blues," which recounts the events of June 16th, 1976, when children in the eponymous township decided to protest oppression and apartheid. Their opposition was called a riot, and sparked a government massacre that killed 600. A funky groove complements Makeba's strong, passionate voice on this song, and the lyric, incredibly, retains an air of hope despite the distressing subject matter.

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