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May 10, 2002

"Mama Africa" makes an appearance at CSUS

Miriam MakebaSouth 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 stardom.

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 rights organizations.

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 (916) 278-4323.


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