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Friday, April 20, 2018


(Thulile Zama)

In association with Alliance Française, iSupport Music Business presents a tribute to the legendary African star, Miriam Makeba. Titled A Tribute to Mama Africa it will be presented by the Durban-based Thulile Zama, a versatile vocalist that aims to keep audiences inspired in her latest musical theatre performance. The performance will take place at Alliance Française de Durban on April 26, 2018.

Miriam Makeba, who was a vocalist and human rights activist, was the first soloist to put African melodies abroad in the 1960s. She is well acknowledged throughout the world and also known as 'Mama Africa’. Makeba’s career influenced Thulile Zama and her band members to such an extent that she found it fitting to do a tribute in honour of Mama Africa. She and her band have chosen songs from different eras of her illustrious career including favourites like Pata Pata and Click song, but also the ballads like Promise and the heart wrenching offerings.

“Miriam Makeba's music was beautiful when it was made, and it is beautiful today. The lyrical content and amazing arrangements influence me as a musician daily. Even in my own original material, I try and produce music that you will still be enjoying in 20 years from now. I feel as much as there are a lot of people who know and love  her music, there are also a lot of people who are only familiar with the songs that became famous like the Click song (Qongqothwane), Mbube and Pata Pata (which are on the repertoire) but her music is rich and full of depth. She brought to life a lot of songs that I feel also deserve the “limelight” as much as the more famous ones,” says Zama.

“We are inviting people from all backgrounds and ages to come watch this show, as we are honouring a legendary South African musician that we want to keep alive throughout generations,” she adds.

The band will be made up of Thulile Zama on vocals, David Smith on keys, Rebekah Doty on drums and Sbusiso Mkhonza on bass guitar. The performance will also feature the uLozolo dancers with choreography by Lucky Cele.

The Fusion French Café will provide a choice of Sophia Town inspired food.

Tribute to Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba will take place at Alliance Française de Durban on April 26, 2018, at 18h00. Entrance is R80 and tickets are available at the door. Bookings can be made on email:

Alliance Française de Durban is situated at 22 Sutton Crescent in Morningside, Durban.

The use of “Miriam Makeba®” courtesy of the ZM Makeba Trust and Siyandisa Music (Pty) Ltd.