Mama Africa! by Kathryn Erskine

Mama Africa!

Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award–winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid―a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat these injustices at jazz clubs in Johannesburg; in exile, at a rally beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and before the United Nations.

Details Mama Africa!

TitleMama Africa!
Release DateOct 10th, 2017
PublisherFarrar, Straus & Giroux
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Music

Reviews Mama Africa!

  • Margie
    Each individual has within them a gift. How they determine to use it or not to use it will chart the course of their lives. For some it appears early and easily. For others it takes time for the answer to present itself.In 1932 a girl child was born in Prospect Township, South Africa. Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope With Her Song (Farrar Straus Giroux for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, October 10, 2017) w...
  • Michele Knott
    I'm not sure how much the history of South Africa and apartheid are taught in middle schools, but this is a needed book for that discussion.A book that shows how determination and a gift can keep the fight going.
  • Keyan
    Loved the story and the illustrations.
  • Monica Edinger
    Wrote starred Horn Book review. Outstanding.
  • Annese
    I love the illustrations. I wanted more from the text.
  • Mary Librarian
    South African apartheid tries to silence Miriam's voice but she won't let those in power shut her down. A story most won't be familiar with but will learn a lot about protesting what is wrong.