The Voice of (Which?) Africa: Miriam Makeba in America

  title={The Voice of (Which?) Africa: Miriam Makeba in America},
  author={April Sizemore-Barber},
  pages={251 - 276}
Throughout her time as a concert singer in 1960s America Miriam Makeba was promoted as the embodied voice of a sonic, imagined Africa. Where her white audiences were attracted to the complete ‘‘otherness’’ of her African blackness, her black American audiences saw themselves – or imagined versions of themselves – put on stage, and built solidarities between their own struggle and the struggle against apartheid. In this essay, I argue that the discourses that followed Makeba’s voice and body… Expand
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