Singing the Truth – The Story Of Mirian Makeba born in the Apartheid days in South Africa in the townships of Johannesburg. Her singing talent took her to fame around the world, but as a black South African she was outspoken against the apartheid and was thrown out of her own country. Only when freedom came to South Africa with the end of Apartheid in 1994 was she allowed to come back again. This beautifully illustrated story tells children about life in and the history of South Africa in an inspiring way.
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 bringin more money.
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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A good book for a person that wants to learn about how important is singing or what ever
this book is about one girl who wants to be a star of music and she loves to do songs
This book is great, it teaches some history, the importance of music, and the importance of sticking to your beliefs.
i really like it where can i get it now
Danielle (Site editor): we don’t have a hardcopy of this yet, but you can download and print the free pdf file.