May 10, 2002
"Mama Africa" makes an appearance at
Africa's legendary musical sensation and Grammy winner Miriam
Makeba brings her world-renowned vocal stylings to California
State University, Sacramento, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June
22. Makeba's concert, complete with dancers, takes place in
the University Union Ballroom.
Hailed as "Mama Africa," Makeba has authored many
popular songs including "Wimoweh," which, when performed
with English lyrics, is called "Where The Lion Sleeps
Tonight." She has toured the world with such stars as
Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon and Nina Simone; starred in several
award-winning films and documentaries; and received numerous
international peace awards.
Born in Johannesburg in the 1930s, she is the daughter of
a traditional African healer and because of South African
policy of apartheid she spent the first six months of her
life in jail with her mother. Makeba's appearance in the 1950s
documentary Come Back to Africa led to invitations
to perform throughout the world and she was catapulted to
In 1963, Makeba was asked to give the first major address
to the United Nations on apartheid in Africa. With that speech,
she became the unofficial spokesperson for South Africa and
was forced into exile from her homeland for nearly 30 years.
The election of Nelson Mandela in 1990 ended the apartheid
and Makeba's exile. She launched a 1991 tour from South Africa
and spent the next decade on a non-stop tour around the world.
Just last year, she sold out both London's Royal Festival
Hall and Paris' Olympia Theatre. Today, she continues to touch
millions of lives through her work with international human
Tickets for the CSUS concert are $25 general admission and
$50 for VIP tickets, which include a reception prior to the
concert. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at
For further information, send an e-mail
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call
the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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