Bloomington, Indiana, USA – South African star,
Miriam Makeba, has a new album out titled Reflections. The new CD is the first Makeba album in four years. It
opens with a summery version of “Iyaguduza,” followed by “Pata Pata,” a new
version of the hit song that played a particularly large role in making Makeba a
household name. Makeba has always enjoyed singing in other languages, and “Mas
Que Nada” and “Xica Da Silva” are bossa nova classics from the pen of Brazilian
songwriter Jorge Ben.Other highlights include an arrangement of her hit “The Click Song” and the Pan
African-inspired “African Convention,” written by Hugh Masekela (with whom
Makeba was briefly married) and Stanley Todd. “I’m in Love with Spring,” is an
orchestrated composition from Bill Salter, her bass player in the ‘60s, and
“Love Tastes Like Strawberries” is a ballad from the same era.
Miriam Makeba’s Reflections (HUCD 3082), released in time to celebrate
the historic ten-year anniversary of the end of apartheid, is the latest
installment in the Heads Up Africa series, a collection that spotlights some of
Southern Africa’s finest vocalists and instrumentalists.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.