Mama Afrika to be honoured on stage

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THE Sisters in Song show, which honours the late Miriam Makeba, takes place on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg. Picture Gallo Images

THE Sisters in Song show, which honours the late Miriam Makeba, takes place on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg.

The spectacular musical celebration of Women’s Month features legends and icons Dorothy Masuku and Abigail Kubeka.

They will be sharing the stage with the band of Makeba and Zensi Makeba-Lee, her granddaughter. Kubeka, a versatile singer, stage, TV and film actress, said those coming to the show can expect nothing but the best of their music.

“This tribute not only honours Miriam Makeba, but us musicians from the 1960s, including Dorothy Radebe, myself and many others,” Masuku said. Nelson Lumumba Lee, director of the Miriam Makeba Foundation, said: “After all is said and done, the line-up embodies the dreams, aspirations and plans of the late Miriam Makeba.”

The inimitable Makeba, nicknamed Mama Afrika, died after performing in Italy on November 9, 2008. The cause of her death was cardiac arrest.

Both Masuku and Kubeka shared stages with Makeba, who had earlier noticed the talent of teenager Kubeka and invited her to perform with her with the Skylarks ensemble around Sophiatown in 1957.

The supporting acts for Sisters in Song include the St Stithians Choir, backed by the irrepressible sounds of the venerable Dr Johnny Mekoa and his Youth Band Orchestra.

TNA REPORTER

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