MIRIAM MAKEBA – “Malaika” – Original 1974 single with Swahili and English Lyrics.

Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932. Her mother was a Swazi sangoma (traditional healer-herbalist). Her father, who died when she was six years old, was a Xhosa. When she was eighteen days old, her mother was arrested for selling umqombothi, an African homemade beer distilled from malt and cornmeal. Her mother was sentenced to a six-month prison term, so Miriam spent her first six months of life in jail. As a child, she sang in the choir of the Kilmerton Training Institute’ in Pretoria, a primary school that she attended for eight years. Her professional career began in the 1950s when she was featured in the South African jazz group the Manhattan Brothers, and appeared for the first time on a poster. She left the Manhattan Brothers to record with her all-woman group, The Skylarks, singing a blend of jazz and traditional melodies of South Africa. As early as 1956, she released the single for “Pata Pata”. The single was played on all the radio stations and made her known throughout all of South Africa. Though she was a successful recording artist, she was only receiving a few dollars for each recording session and no provisional royalties, and was keen to leave home To read more about Miriam Makeba, please go to the following websites: en.wikipedia.org and zar.co.za

This version is from the 1992 Single: “Funky Lemonade”.. Get Chi-Ali’s Music: www.amazon.com Chi-Ali Griffith (born May 27, 1976, in The Bronx, New York) professionally known as Chi-Ali, is an American rapper, best known musically for his album The Fabulous Chi-Ali, which he recorded at the age of 14. Chi first made his first appearance as Jeff on various B-Sides of singles from De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising. He reappeared as Chi-Ali two years later on Black Sheep’s debut album A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing on “Pass the 40,” a posse cut about drinking 40s, rocking women, and ripping the mic. Chi Ali at the time was a member of the Native Tongues and also had connections with the Legion family, along with Showbiz and AG. Soon after “Pass the 40,” Chi released his first solo single “Age Ain’t Nothing But a #,” which was a moderate hit. It was popular on urban radio stations, and the video got good rotation on Yo! MTV Raps and Rap City. The album in which the song was featured was released shortly thereafter, which yielded two other singles, “Roadrunner” and “Funky Lemonade,” which were both remixed and rerecorded, making them different than their album versions. They featured Chi with a slightly more mature voice. It received mixed reviews. Chi Ali seemingly disappeared from the hip hop world until the late 1990s, when he appeared on Dres’s solo album Sure Shot Redemption. The album got little press and mixed, though overall good reviews. On January 14, 2000, Griffith

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