Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Grammy award winning "Best Folk Album" of 1966 starring the great singer/activist and the woman who became known as "Mama Afrika". The songs were a clarion call heard round the world that brought awareness to millions of the plight of black South Africans under the repression of the reprehensible apartheid system.
Recording information: RCA Victor's Studio A, New York, NY.
This 1966 Grammy Awardwinning album by two prominent `60s social activists was an opportunity for Harry Belafonte to present the South African singer Miriam Makeba performing a program of double-edged songs, which work not only as tuneful folk pieces but also as protests against her country's inhuman political system. Sung both in English and in various African languages, including the distinctive "click" of Xhosa, such soothing lullabies as "Hush, Hush" and "My Angel" stand in distinct contrast to the upfront challenges of "Beware, Verwoerd" (Dr. Verwoerd was then South African Prime Minister, and known as the creator of apartheid) and "Give Us Our Land."