Singing the Truth – The Story Of Mirian Makeba

By: Louwrisa Blaauw, Jade Mathieson, Bianca de Jong

Text and Images from Singing the Truth – The Story Of Mirian Makeba


A long time ago, in the vast city of
Johannesburg, a baby girl was born.
That baby was me. My mom called me
Miriam. Miriam Makeba.





Mom was a sangoma, but she also
worked to make other people’s homes
neat and clean. It was hard for my
mom to earn enough for both of us. She
started selling homemade beer to bring






The laws of the land said that selling
homemade beer was wrong. The police
sent my mom to jail for six long months.
I was only 18 days old, and needed my
mom. So even though I was just a baby,
I went to jail too.




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