Pata Pata

Jober Entertainment
Release date
18 Aug 2011
Running length
18 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pata Pata 3:02 79,802
2 The Retreat Song 2:36 5,073
3 Suliram 2:45 4,767
4 The Click Song 2:31 16,246
5 Umhome 1:18 5,777
6 Olilili 2:33 4,215
7 Lakutshn Llanga 2:10 56
8 Wimbowwee 3:21 52
9 The Naughty Little Flea 3:49 3,308
10 Where Does It Lead? 2:31 742
11 Noweva 2:40 48
12 House of the Rising Sun 1:58 4,781
13 Saduva 2:30 12,135
14 One More Dance 2:43 2,958
15 Iya Guduva 2:14 39
16 Dubula 2:47 1,046
17 Kwedini 2:18 948
18 Inkomo Zodwa 2:53 1,144

About this album

Following a three-decade-long exile, Miriam Makeba’s return to South Africa was celebrated as though a queen was restoring her monarchy. The response was fitting as Makeba remains the most important female vocalist to emerge out of South Africa. Hailed as the Empress of African Song and Mama Africa, Makeba helped bring African music to a global audience in the ’60s. Nearly five decades after her debut with the Manhattan Brothers, she continues to play an important role in the growth of African music.

Makeba’s life has consistently been marked by struggle. As the daughter of a sangoma, a mystical traditional healer of the Xhosa tribe, she spent six months of her birth year in jail with her mother. Gifted with a dynamic vocal tone, Makeba recorded her debut single, “Lakutshona Llange,” as a member of the Manhattan Brothers in 1953. Although she left to form an all-female group named the Skylarks in 1958, she reunited with members of the Manhattan Brothers when she accepted the lead female role in a musical version of King Kong, which told the tragic tale of Black African boxer, Ezekiel “King Kong” Dlamani, in 1959. The same year, she began an 18-month tour of South Africa with Alf Herbert’s musical extravaganza, African Jazz and Variety, and made an appearance in a documentary film, Come Back Africa. These successes led to invitations to perform in Europe and the United States.

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