Miriam Makeba, RIP
The only song of Makeba’s that I knew, “Pata Pata,” was a part of my childhood. At both Jewish summer camps that I attended, it was a staple in the folk-dance repertoire, and even the efforts of our head counselor to remove it from our customary Friday night Israeli dancing eventually failed. We just liked it too much.
I still remember that 45-RPM recording with its strong opening notes. (Heck, I still remember the dance!)
As fate would have it, “Pata Pata” was the last song that Makeba ever sang.
You can listen to the original 1967 recording here.
I never knew Miriam Makeba, but she gave joy to my childhood. May she rest in peace.