Saturday, November 15, 2008

Myriam Makeba: 1932 - 2008

When my parents told me we were going to attend a concert I wasn't really impressed. Usually my siblings and I rarely accompanied them to social/cultural events. (Today's kids would jump at the chance to go to a concert but probably a rock / pop one :P )

So they dragged me a bit reluctantly - I mean I had no idea what kind of legend Makeba was . But from the first beat of the music and when her voice rose through the hall I was under her spell.
Rummaging to our old photo album I found the picture of me sitting in the audience holding my two hands together as if in prayer in total rapture.

It is the Makeba voice which made me love sounds of Africa and it is sad indeed to see that she is no more.


6 comments:

adib said...

no to racism!
good post lonly:)

Anonymous said...

I know exactly how you feel Highlander. Michael Criton passed away this week as well. He was one of my favorite authors. You probably know that he wrote Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park. I will sorely miss his writing.

Curt from Houston

MusicLover said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/11/world/africa/11makeba.html

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/hommage-a-myriam-makeba-patapata/560030755


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLoHVqmITGk


She did not have an easy life, always enjoyed African music.

Brave Heart said...

Sallam HL

to be honest with you, i never heard about her, till i read about her death last week.
my dream is to attend Firuz concert

Highlander said...

Adib :) thanks my friend. Please send me an email with your phone number. I deleted my contact list by mistake.

Curt thanks, 'Andromeda Strain' was passed down to me by uncle and was one of the first books by Michael that I read and it is now an old battered copy but every couple of summers I re-read.

Music Lover :) your name says it all!

Highlander said...

Brave Heart inshallah you realise your dream I would love to attend a Fairuz concert !