Rare footage of Miriam Makeba performing her standard “Malaika” (a Kenyan love song in Swahili) on Italian television in 1969.  Meanwhile, the song has been covered by a lot of people–like Angelique Kidjo, Boney M(yes Boney M) and old school Kenyan musicians like Fadhili Williams–but film director Nerina Penzhorn swears by another South African singer Simphiwe Dana’s cover.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country.

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